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ERIC Number: ED440419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Mar-30
Pages: 9
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Recruiting, Selecting, and Orienting Graduate Teaching Assistants for the Basic Course in Oral Communication.
Hawkins, Katherine
The Master of Arts program in Communication (MAC) at Wichita State University is integrated and interdisciplinary. The assumption is that all professional communicators engage in gathering and analyzing information, and designing and delivering messages. The program, therefore, seeks to prepare students to engage in these activities across contexts by requiring a 15-hour core of communication theory and research methods. Beyond that, students are free to focus their coursework toward a particular context. The program is also interdisciplinary in that there are two emphases: communication, and theater/drama. So the pool of candidates from which the teaching assistants (GTAs) are chosen includes students whose undergraduate majors vary from speech to theater to advertising to journalism. Additionally, the majority of MAC students are part-time, nontraditional students. The average MAC student takes almost four years to graduate and is considerably older than most Masters level students. Many are mid-career professionals returning to school. To recruit possible GTAs, the program: has an updated Web site linked to that of the National Communication Association; advertises on a number of listservs; has developed and widely distributes a recruiting brochure; and urges that faculty speak about the program at professional gatherings and associations. Orienting the diverse group of GTAs that the program enrolls is really a process of socialization. Before the GTAs arrive, the Graduate Coordinator's role in orientation is two fold: to distribute information about the expectations of the program, and to try to answer whatever questions they might have about the program, the required GTA workshop, and so on. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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