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Author Topic: GTA at Illinois State---LD DEBATE  (Read 3695 times)
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« on: November 20, 2013, 04:30:54 PM »

The nationally competitive Illinois State University Individual Events Program is pleased to announce one Graduate Assistant position opening for Fall 2014.  Our program also competes in NFA Lincoln-Douglas debate and actively seeks Assistants interested in all aspects of forensics coaching and education.

Responsibilities will include traveling to tournaments, helping with coaching assignments, recruiting, helping with tournament hosting, working our summer workshop, etc. There are also opportunities to teach in the department while you are here.

An assistantship includes a full tuition waiver as well as a monthly stipend. (Graduate assistants are responsible for paying student fees.) The I.E. graduate assistants will also have opportunities to work with award-winning coaches and nationally-placed competitors.

ISU has one of the finest graduate communication programs in the country. If you are looking for a place to study and coach following your undergraduate degree, please contact ISU's Assistant Director of Forensics, Megan Koch, at, or 309-438-8447, or the Director of Forensics, Dr. Kevin Meyer, at 309-438-3277, or via email, at

If you are definitely interested in applying for the Master’s degree in Communication at ISU, you should read the information below and contact Dr. Stephen K. Hunt, our Director of Graduate Studies. The DEADLINE for application submissions for Fall 2014 will be February 1, 2014.

Master's Degree in Communication
Illinois State University

Program Philosophy & Curriculum

The School of Communication at Illinois State University approaches the study of human communication from both humanistic and social scientific perspectives. A curriculum largely focused on the application of theory and research includes twenty-two graduate seminars that examine a wide range of topics in the study of human communication. These include: interpersonal communication, small group communication, mass communication, organizational communication, intercultural communication, persuasion, public relations, rhetoric, training & development, and both quantitative and qualitative research methods. With only two required courses, students are afforded a great deal of freedom to develop unique plans of study that meet personal and professional needs. Students may choose either a 32-hour thesis or a 39-hour non-thesis option to complete the degree.

Career Options

Graduates of our nationally recognized program pursue careers in college teaching, training & development, marketing, advertising, human & employee relations, public relations, media management, media relations, and community relations. Many of our graduates go on to complete Ph.D. degrees in communication.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, a student must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 over the last 60 hours of undergraduate degree coursework. International students are additionally required to obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 250 (computer-based testing), 100 (Internet-based testing), or 600 (paper-based). Applicants must complete the on-line admission application, which requires submission of a narrative that describes the applicant’s background, interests, career objectives, and fit to our program. Three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Director of Graduate Studies of the School of Communication (address below). To ensure full consideration for admission in Fall 2014, application materials must be received no later than February 1, 2014.  The Graduate School’s on-line admission application is available at:

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available to qualified individuals. Graduate assistants are trained to teach an introductory course in communication and/or to perform other services for the School of Communication. The assistantship carries a full tuition waiver and a monthly stipend of $955. The School will have approximately 20-25 graduate assistantships open for the 2014 Fall semester. The assistantship application is available at: (click “Graduate Assistant Postings”). The on-line assistantship application requires a one-page narrative summarizing the applicant’s philosophy of teaching and learning. To ensure full consideration for an assistantship in Fall 2014, application materials must be received no later than February 1, 2014.

For More Information

Please visit the School’s Web site ( for information regarding our faculty, graduate seminars, and degree options. To talk to a program representative, please call: 309-438-7279. Send letters of recommendation to:

Dr. Stephen K. Hunt
Director of Graduate Studies
School of Communication
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4480
Normal, IL 61790-4480

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