Jobs and Fellowships for Students
A listing of administrative jobs and annual awards for master's students in the Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication program.
Most graduate students support themselves as teaching assistants, although some find research assistantships with Rhetoric faculty, assistantships elsewhere on campus, or even jobs in Ames or Des Moines.
MA students are eligible for up to two years of support via teaching assistantships; those who choose this teach three classes per year. TAs (even those from out-of-state) pay tuition at the in-state rate. In 2012–13, the MA stipend is $13,500 for a nine-month appointment plus 50% tuition remission. Summer teaching is also often available at a per class rate of pay.
Teaching assistants receive single student health insurance coverage free of charge. Married graduate students with dependents may enroll their dependents at extra charge. Dental insurance plans and prescription drug benefit programs are also available at the student's expense.
What do TAs teach?
MA students often start off teaching what are known as ISUComm Foundation Courses. ISU uses an innovative program, called , that is managed by faculty from the Rhetoric and Professional Communication program and includes instruction in written, oral, visual, and electronic communication. New TAs take a seminar that prepares them to teach these classes in general and this material in particular. Many Foundation Courses are also part of a , in which a cadre of first-year students take several classes together, thus building a small community within the larger one of the university. When TAs teach in a Learning Community, they frequently have the opportunity to collaborate with a teacher from one of the other linked classes to coordinate their work.
When Rhetoric faculty receive funded research grants, these sometimes fund research assistantships for master's students. Such assistantships may replace one or two teaching assignments per semester. The assistantships, when available, are open for application by all graduate students.
Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships
Students may replace all or part of their teaching load if they collaborate with a faculty member on a grant or write grants of their own. In the past, students have received grants for projects ranging from curricular development in the ISUComm Foundation Courses, to computer pedagogy training, to writing research sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture.
All currently enrolled graduate students are eligible for the following awards: