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Author Topic: Fresno State: SPRING 2012 Graduate Assistant Positions  (Read 2258 times)
kevin kuswa
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« on: September 24, 2011, 02:22:02 AM »

Hi all,

Here at Fresno State we realized that some of you might be looking for a place to start graduate school in the SPRING.  We will accept GA applications for SPRING, 2012, but the deadlines are coming up pretty fast—one of the deadlines is Sept. 30th.  There are two possible slots for Graduate Assistant debate coaches—here is the official call:

Debate Graduate Assistant Call (Spring 2012)

The Department of Communication at the California State University, Fresno, is seeking applicants for the Master of Arts program in Communication interested in graduate assistant debate coaching positions, to begin in the fall 2012 semester.  Graduate Teaching Associates who serve as assistant debate coaches will teach one class per semester and assist with the policy debate team through coaching, travel to tournaments, research, and other activities as determined.  Assistance with the public debate program may be part of the required duties as well.  California State University, Fresno, is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution and is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer.

Admission to graduate study at the California State University, Fresno, occurs at two levels.  First, you must be admitted to the Division of Graduate Studies at the University; second you must be admitted to the Departmental Program.  It is important you complete both sets of admission procedures.  Applications are reviewed when all required materials are complete. 

The application process is detailed on the Division of Graduate Studies website at

University (Division of Graduate Studies) Admission – Required Elements

• Online application to the Division of Graduate Studies for California State University, Fresno, at  Be sure to indicate in your online application that you are interested in the Department of Communication’s M.A. program.  The deadline for the online portion of the application is September 30, 2011.  The other application materials must be received by October 14, 2011.

• Official GRE scores.  To expedite application processing, request an unofficial score report when you take the test and send that, followed later by the official scores.

• One official transcript, in a sealed envelope, from each college or university you previously attended and/or are currently attending.
• International Students must also submit their TOEFL scores.

• $55.00 application fee

Transcripts and test scores should be forwarded to:

Office of University Admissions - Graduate/Post-baccalaureate
5150 North Maple, M/S JA 57
Fresno, CA 93740-8026

Department (Program) Admission – Required Elements

• A statement of purpose (outlining your reasons for pursuing graduate study in Communication), if you did not submit one with the online University application at

• Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your preparation for graduate study (these letters may be included in the application sent by you, or may be mailed separately).  Letters from professors familiar with your work are preferred; at least one letter must be from a debate coach who has supervised your work to be considered for a graduate assistant debate coach position.

• A sample of your writing (upper division academic paper, project proposal, etc.), preferably a research paper that demonstrates your preparation for graduate-level writing in the form of an extended argument supported by substantial references.

• An application for a teaching assistantship, if you wish to be considered for one.  Be sure to include the TA application form (found at, list “Teaching Associate – Assistant Debate Coach” under “Position Sought”), the completed SC-1 form (found at, and a curriculum vitae (minimum contents are listed on the back of the SC-1 form).  The cv should include details regarding your policy debate experience as a competitor as well as any coaching you have done.

Department (Program) application materials should be sent directly to:

Graduate Coordinator
Department of Communication
California State University, Fresno
5201 N. Maple Avenue, M/S SA46
Fresno, CA  93740-8027

Please direct any questions regarding the graduate assistant debate coaching positions to Dr. Kevin Kuswa at <>

General questions about the Communication M.A. graduate program or application procedures should be directed to the department’s Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Marnel Niles, at <>

Additional (Informal) Information from the Director

The team is young and growing and is at a place where a committed Graduate Assistant would make a big difference in shaping the team’s development.  Fresno State students are thirsty for additional educational opportunities and the potential to do some meaningful work is virtually unlimited.  In addition, the Department of Communication is nothing short of wonderful and is completely committed to excellent teaching.  Master’s students are well-positioned for careers in the field or to continue on to earn a PhD.  Because the Department does not have a PhD program, the Graduate Assistants are not lost in the shuffle—in fact, the opposite is true because the GAs are an integral part of the efforts of the Department as a whole.  There are a lot of opportunities for working with high school programs in the area as well and the public debate aspect of the program is quite active.  If you could use additional information about graduate school fees (tuition), the link is here:  In addition, the Division of Graduate Studies at Fresno State offers several scholarships and fellowships.  Some are available to entering students, others are only available once students are enrolled.  The list is at  The Central Valley is a super place to live and I would be more than willing to answer any other questions you might have.  Come be a part of a vibrant and growing program! 


Kevin Kuswa, PhD
Director of Debate
Fresno State
Kkuswa at csufresno dot edu
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