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Author Topic: UNLV seeking graduate assistant coaches in 2018-2019  (Read 1627 times)
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« on: December 28, 2017, 09:40:40 PM »

The Department of Communication Studies at UNLV is seeking applications from students interested in applying for admission to our M.A. program and for debate and teaching assistantships. We have a mid-January initial deadline for applications, with a rolling deadline after that, if all positions are not filled. Please consider graduate school and debate coaching at UNLV. There are several key selling points associated with our program and school:

1) You would work with a great debate program.  Our squad emphasizes competitive success through a variety of approaches to policy debate. Our students have the right attitude, work ethic, and will to win.

2) You get paid to get a M.A. in our top-notch Communication Studies M.A. program.  We have a growing, accomplished, energetic, and engaged faculty who work closely and collaboratively with graduate students.  With several recent hires in both rhetorical studies and interpersonal communication (multiple hires in the past several years), and are one of the premier COM M.A. programs in the nation.  We also have an excellent track record in placing our M.A. graduates in the best COM Ph.D. programs in the nation (often with full funding/fellowships).  As a terminal MA program, MA students receive all of the focus. 

3) You'd get to go to school in Vegas, baby....

4) Your degree is essentially free AND you'd earn a $11,500/year stipend. UNLV Debate Graduate Assistants also have the opportunity to make additional money through summer teaching, working at the Rebel Debate Institute, working with the Las Vegas Debate League. On top of that, we offer some graduate recruits the “Graduate Access Recruiting Award” which is a one-time financial award to encourage high-value recruits to join our program. Finally, when traveling with us graduate assistant coaches get a generous meal stipend (whatever you don't spend you get to keep), and can hire out for any rounds not needed to cover our commitment.

5) UNLV offers our Graduate Assistants deeply discounted health insurance.

6) You would have the opportunity to gain teaching experience as well as coaching experience.  Although, it also is possible to be a full-time assistant debate coach without teaching responsibilities…

7) Our team has an unprecedented level of institutional support.  Everyone at UNLV, including the University President and Provost, the administrators and faculty and in our College and Department, and travel and financial support staff around the University are all deeply supportive of our program.

Cool We debate at most of the major national tournaments, we fly most places, we (almost) always stay in the tournament hotel, and we generally eat well.

9) We are a privately funded program, with growing institutional funding support, which means that we never need to ever worry about university or state financial troubles resulting in budget cuts.

10) Great things are happening in the world of debate here in Las Vegas.  We have created a growing local debate league, which has revitalized policy debate across the city. Our recruiting has drastically expanded, and the University and City are taking notice of the UNLV debate team. There are already 2 high school debate tournaments with TOC bids, and the Golden Desert Tournament, held on the UNLV campus is a Quarters bid.
For further information, please check out the Department’s graduate school webpage at or the UNLV Graduate College information page

If you are interested in applying or if your have any questions about our debate program, the UNLV Department of Communication Studies, or graduate assistantships, please feel free to contact me.

Jacob Thompson, Ph.D.
Director, Sanford I. Berman Debate Forum
Associate Professor in Residence
Department of Communication Studies
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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