Most Media & Communication graduates will become college professors. Therefore, in addition to experience in scholarly research, it is the policy of the College of Media & Communication that most Ph.D. students, as appropriate, gain meaningful experience in the classroom. This may be done as a Graduate Part Time Instructor (GPTI) who is the instructor of record for a course, as a teaching assistant or through a graduate course in Media & Communication Pedagogy (COMC 6010).
Based on a review of records and performance, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, in consultation with the graduate faculty, may identify exceptional doctoral students who may serve as teacher of record during their first semester of study. After some training and/or coursework most doctoral students will be assigned to teach courses as instructor of record after their first semester of study. The Associate Dean for Graduate Studies will make all teaching assignments based on students’ credentials and the current teaching needs of the college.