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Department of Communication

Graduate Teaching Associates

A number of graduate teaching associateships and forensics associateships are available to students who are accepted to and enrolled in the Communication M.A. program. Qualifications for an associateship include previous records of outstanding achievement in academic work, outstanding subject matter competence in Communication, and the special qualities necessary to the duties assigned. These associateships are awarded competitively. The exact number of positions available vary each year. The Communication M.A. program currently has two types of associateships: Graduate Teaching Associateship (GTA) and Forensics Teaching Associateship (FTA). 


GTAs typically teach two sections of a lower-division General Education course (COMM 3) under the close supervision of the Graduate Teaching Associate Coordinator, Dr. Sergio Juárez. For more information on the Graduate Teaching Associate position, please contact Dr. Sergio Juárez. For more information on the Forensics Teaching Associateship, please contact Dr. Douglas Fraleigh. Contact information for both Teaching Associate Coordinators is below.


Eligibility for an initial associateship requires possession of a baccalaureate degree and admission to the Communication M.A. program. Subsequent appointments require that students maintain a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled in coursework toward their graduate degree, and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward completion of the Commmunication M.A.


Application to be a Teaching Associate is separate from the M.A. Communication program admission process. To apply to be a Teaching Associate the applicant must submit PDF versions of an Application for a Teaching Associate position and your curriculum vitae to the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Shane Moreman, Note: If you are already a Communication M.A. graduate student and are applying to be a Teaching Associate for the first time, please email submission of a PDF of a writing sample and PDFs of three letters of recommendation from faculty.


The deadline to apply is February 1, 2021. However, applications are accepted as early as October 1, 2020. 

Teaching Associate Coordinators

Graduate Teaching Associate Coordinator

Dr. Sergio Juárez
Email | Phone: 559.278.1156

Forensics Teaching Associate Coordinator

Dr. Douglas Fraleigh 
Email | Phone: 559.278.4292