Types of Support
Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Because proficiency in oral communication is required for a number of undergraduate programs, the department is able to offer graduate teaching assistantships. The chance of being awarded one of these positions in any given year depends upon the number of positions to be filled, along with the qualifications of the applicant.
Graduate Teaching Assistantships are ordinarily assigned on a one-half time basis (a teaching load of six class hours per week). Within the limits of departmental policy, assistant instructors shall have full responsibility for teaching their own classes.
Research Assistantships are usually related to the projects of faculty members who have obtained research grants. Their availability, therefore, varies, as does the stipend and work load.
University Fellowships and Scholarships
Awarded by the Graduate School to candidates with superior academic records. An especially attractive grant is the Self Graduate School Fellowship, which is awarded especially to outstanding graduate students for four years of study leading to the Ph.D. Good students are also eligible to apply for dissertation and for summer fellowships, which are quite limited in number.
How to Apply
Graduate Teaching Assistantships
Application for a graduate teaching assistantship requires only that the applicant indicate interest in financial assistance in a letter to the Director of Graduate Study. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of information gained from their transcripts, graduate record examination scores, letters of recommendation, and application form. The Graduate Academic Affairs Committee of the Department will normally rank all candidates interested in teaching assistantships on the criteria recorded above.
Research Assistants are usually recruited from among currently enrolled graduate students by faculty members holding research grants.
Fellowships and Scholarships
Students with outstanding grade records and high GRE scores wishing to be considered for fellowships and scholarships should indicate this in a letter to the Director of Graduate Study.
*All applicants for such awards should forward their credentials as early as possible and not later than January 15 preceding the academic year for which the appointment is to be made.
Duration of Assistance
- M.A. Candidates - Graduate Teaching Assistantships for those who view themselves, or are viewed by the faculty, as terminal M.A. candidates will ordinarily not be renewed.
- Ph.D. Candidates - Graduate Teaching Assistantships for Ph.D. candidates are renewable on an annual basis up to a total of ten (10) semesters, if they come to the University of Kansas with a B.A. or B.S. degree. They are renewable for a total of three years if the student holds an M.A. degree when he/she comes to Kansas. In certain cases, the student may petition for an extra year.
Criteria for Renewal of Assistance
Renewal of graduate teaching assistantships is dependent upon satisfactory performance of all responsibilities associated with both the teaching and the student functions. This includes grades of at least a B average, satisfactory progress toward the degree, meeting all administrative responsibilities, and conducting classes in conformance with departmental policies.
*For more financial Aid information, visit KU's Office of Student Financial Aid Web site.
Awards and Scholarships
The following Awards and Scholarships are available from the Department of Communication Studies each Spring:
E. C. Buehler Outstanding First-Year Teaching Fellowship
The E. C. Buehler Outstanding First-Year Teaching Fellowship is given in recognition of outstanding instruction by a first-year graduate teaching assistant (GTA). Any graduate student in good standing in the Communication Studies Department who is finishing his or her first year as a GTA.
E. C. Buehler Teaching Fellowship
The purpose of the E. C. Buehler Teaching Fellowship is to recognize and reward excellence in teaching among graduate teaching assistants (GTA) at the University of Kansas. All GTAs in the Communication Studies Department who have satisfactory graduate standing and have been instructor of record for COMS courses in at least three of the previous four semesters are eligible for this award.
Kim Giffin Research Award
The purpose of the Kim Giffin Award is to recognize the excellence of graduate students conducting independent research while in residence at the University of Kansas in the Communication Studies Department. Any graduate student who has satisfactory graduate standing within the Communication Studies Department is eligible.
Sene and Louella Carlile Scholarship
The purpose of the Sene and Louella Carlile Scholarship is to recognize and reward graduate students doing outstanding work in all areas of academic life (i.e., research, service, and teaching). To be eligible, students must also demonstrate financial need. This award is for a returning graduate student. The student shall be one whose work is outstanding and concentrated in the field of speech or allied areas, with preference being given to those doing graduate work. Consideration may be given to applicants with majors in other departments but in areas that lead to the improvement in the use of the English language.
William A. Conboy Outstanding Graduate Student Award
The purpose of the William A. Conboy Outstanding Graduate Student Award is to recognize those students deemed most outstanding by their peers in the Department of Communication Studies. Any graduate student who has satisfactory graduate standing within the Communication Studies Department is eligible.
Hob Crockett Departmental Research Award
The purpose of the Hob Crocket Award is to recognize the excellence of a research paper written by a graduate student in the Communication Studies Department that focuses on some aspect of the social scientific study of communication. The paper may address any aspect of communication practice, theory, or methodology, but it must employ a social scientific approach.
Wil Linkugel Departmental Research Award
The purpose of the Wil Linkugel Award is to recognize the excellence of a research paper written by a graduate student in the Communication Studies Department that focuses on some aspect of rhetorical studies. The paper may be critical, theoretical or practical, it may address any aspect of the communication discipline, and it may be interdisciplinary in scope, but it must employ rhetorical methodology .