Jobs and Fellowships for Students
A description of the opportunities for teaching, administrative jobs, fellowships, and awards for doctoral students in the PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication.
PhD students are eligible for up to five years of support via teaching assistantships; those who choose this teach four classes per year. TAs (even those from out-of-state) pay tuition at the in-state rate. In 2012–13, the PhD stipend is $18,100 for a nine-month appointment plus full tuition remission. Summer teaching is also often available at a per class rate of pay.
Graduate 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?
PhD 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.
In addition, depending on their training or work experience, doctoral students may also teach upper-division service courses in business or technical communication, rhetorical analysis, writing for the World Wide Web and other, similar topics.
Faculty are sometimes able to support doctoral research assistants out of their grant funded projects. Such assistantships may replace one or two teaching assignments per semester. RPC also has a strong record of placing doctoral students in labs, research centers and other NSF-funded projects across campus, where they contribute their communication expertise and have access to sites for their own research.
Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships
Awards sometimes available to new doctoral students include the Freda Huncke Endowment Graduate Teaching Fellowship, which reduces the recipient’s teaching load for one year, and the Miller Fellowship, which provides an extra $2,500-$5,000 per year for three years.
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: