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Author Topic: Indiana Comm. and Culture Grad School  (Read 3851 times)
BrianDeLong
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« on: December 12, 2011, 09:33:48 AM »

Dear Community,

IU debate is working with the college of Arts and Sciences to establish a debate graduate assistantship position with the Department of Communication and Culture. While nothing is official yet, there is a strong possibility that this new line will be available for the 2012-2013 school year. I am sending this message out to ask that prospective graduate students please make sure you evaluate Indiana's outstanding Communication program. If the new line is confirmed, I will be sure to post the position here ASAP. In the event that this confirmation is last minute, please make sure you are at least prepared to meet the application requirements if a last minute position is available.

Thank you for your interest.

Best,

Brian

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BrianDeLong
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2012, 11:34:03 AM »

Graduating Seniors,

With the generous support of the College of Arts and Sciences and the outstanding faculty in the Department of Communication and Culture, a debate graduate teaching assistanship line has opened for the Fall 2012 school year. The assistanship is guaranteed funding for two years for applicants to the CMCL M.A. program. CMCL has extended the deadline for the M.A. program to January 27th. CMCL emphasizes that applicants should turn in their applicants ASAP rather than waiting for the deadline.

After two years the College's commitment will be re-negotiated on whether to extend the assistanship to PhD applicants.

The application process can be found online at: http://www.indiana.edu/~cmcl/graduate/admissions.shtml. Since the deadline is only being extended for debate applicants the online system may have some irregularities. Applicants should contact Kathy Tiege (kteige@indiana.edu) as soon begin turning in your material. She will guide you through the process to make sure no problems occur.

The debate position is full tuition plus stipend. Debate assistants will teach at least one course in the fall and will likely teach one in the spring as well. The GTA will also be asked to work 10 hours a week with the debate program. Assistants will travel to three tournaments a semester with the debate program.

Below is a copy of the 2010-2011 AI agreement for CMCL. Some of the figures may be updated for 2012, but the agreement should be substantively the same:
The section in the letter of admission that deals with our AI appointments (with tweaks to the year and stipend amounts, etc.) that our new students agree to is as follows:

Additionally, it is my pleasure to offer you an appointment as an Associate Instructor (AI) for the academic year 2010-2011. This Assistantship provides a guaranteed annual stipend of $12,961. As an AI, you are also awarded a tuition fee remission with an estimated value of up to $24,617.05. It provides College fee remissions for up to 12 hours of graduate credit per semester, plus 6 hours during the summer, for a maximum of 30 hours in an academic year. The stipend paid to Associate Instructors is considered to be taxable income; however, it is our understanding that the tuition fee remission is non-taxable. You will also receive free health and dental insurance coverage with an estimated value of $2,075.60.  You will be responsible for the non-remissible mandatory fees charged all IU students.

Your AI appointment will automatically be renewed for the 2011-2012 academic year provided that you make acceptable progress toward completing your degree, that you continue to meet the academic standards set by the Department of Communication and Culture and the College of Arts and Sciences for recipients of these awards, and that you satisfactorily perform your teaching duties as evaluated by your course director.

The Department of Communication and Culture considers the work of Associate Instructors a form of internship and an integral part of a graduate student's academic and professional preparation. First year students typically teach in C121, our basic public speaking course. Your duties as an Associate Instructor will be to teach twelve credit hours of the course over the academic year. This normally consists of teaching two three-credit courses in the fall semester and two three-credit courses in the spring semester. Generally we assume that each three-credit course will entail approximately ten hours of work per week. Teaching duties consist of all regular teaching responsibilities including holding classes at regularly appointed times, holding regularly scheduled office hours, attending and participating in regular staff meetings as scheduled by the course director.

The Department of Communication and Culture believes that substantive pedagogical training should be an integral component of preparing to enter an academic career; we make it our mission to see that you are successful in this endeavor. We begin our support for successful teaching with a weeklong AI training session held August 16-20. This training is mandatory for all new incoming graduate students. The C121 Course Director holds daily sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in which new AIs learn University and Departmental Policy, explore the resources available to them as teachers at IU, learn the syllabus and course structure for C121, and participate in panel discussions with experienced CMCL graduate students. In addition to this week of training, new AIs meet with the C121 course director weekly throughout the entire academic year to discuss experiences encountered in the classroom. With this yearlong introduction, graduate students are ready to face the challenges of teaching at the college level.


Good Luck,

Brian
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BrianDeLong
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2012, 07:28:51 PM »

Debate AI Write Up:

An AI appointed as a “debate assistant” in Communication and Culture (CMCL) would be either a two year MA appointment.  The AI would be responsible for 20 hrs. of work each week on average for each semester.  This would consist of teaching 3 credit hours in CMCL each semester and serving as the debate assistant to Brian DeLong, the head debate coach who is located in SPEA. 

During the first year of appointment the AI would teach one section (3 credit hours) of C121, our public speaking class, in each semester as well as enroll in C545 (the pedagogy seminar).  Generally we assume that each 3 credit course will entail ten hours of work per week.  All entering AIs in CMCL begin in C121 and take C545. In future years the AI may, at the discretion of CMCL, teach one course per semester other than C121.  Teaching duties consist of, but are not limited to, all regular teaching responsibilities including holding classes at regularly appointed times, holding regularly scheduled office hours, and participating in regular staff meetings as scheduled by the course director.

The AIs responsibilities as a debate assistant will consist of working 10 hours per week on average including participating in debate squad meetings, listening to practice debates, guiding research, assisting in the writing of arguments, and strategizing cases.  The debate assistant will also be asked to attend three regular season debate tournaments each semester (Friday through Monday) and assist in running one college and one high school debate tournament held on the IU campus.
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BrianDeLong
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2012, 04:33:34 PM »

The deadline for applying for our debate graduate assistantship is fast approaching.

Jan 27th is the last date for submissions.

Good luck to everyone.
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BrianDeLong
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2012, 12:03:03 PM »

Community,

If you plan on applying please make sure you contact both myself and Kathy Teige, kteige@indiana.edu, ASAP. She is the contact person for incoming debate applicants. Ms. Teige will guide you through the application process.

We want to make sure that debate applications are the only ones being accepted for the position. Thus they will need a list from me of potential students.

Brian
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