graduate teaching assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) offer the M.A. candidate a supervised teaching experience in the Public Speaking Course (SPCM 200) as well as paid tuition and a monthly stipend. Teaching Colorado State University’s Public Speaking course requires a broad range of skills and abilities. Public Speaking is a course that instructs students and evaluates their performance in oral, nonverbal, and written communication. Essential functions of the SPCM 200 instructor include the following:

  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • The ability to model excellent public speaking skills, both orally and nonverbally
  • The ability to model and instruct students in traditional modes of speech organization, including outlining
  • The ability to manage classroom discussion and monitor small group work
  • The ability to evaluate student’s oral performance during speech rounds
  • The ability, after training by the course director, to run classroom technology in a way that allows students to use that technology productively during their speeches and supports classroom teaching

Assistantships are available on a competitive basis. The Department provides a systematic program of instruction and mentoring for all Graduate Teaching Assistants to ensure a successful experience. Although previous teaching experience is not required, successful applicants for assistantships must show aptitude for teaching.

The 2014-2015 stipend was $1,490 per month for an total of $13,410 for the academic year.