Communication and Media

Graduate Assistantships

The Department of Communication and Media offers excellent opportunities for a variety of competitively awarded Graduate Assistantships.

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grad student teaching

What are the options in assistantship assignments?
  • Teach the undergraduate liberal arts course: Oral Communication COMM 1000  (48C:001) under the supervision of the course director. Assignment includes an orientation session.
  • Assistant coach in a large and active forensics program, either in debate or individual speech events. Assignment includes orientation and travel.
  • Teach other introductory courses in the department according to your expertise and departmental needs. Areas may include Digital Media, Public Relations, Communication, and more.
  • Assist faculty with large enrollment courses, such as Mass Communication & Society.
  • Be a research assistant for department faculty.
  • Opportunities also exist in various offices across the University.
What is the research assistantship?

As one of the three top graduate programs at UNI, the department is guaranteed three assistantships each year (for the next five years) which are specially designated as at least part-time research assistants. Graduate faculty make application for a research assistant. Selections are made according to the quality of both faculty and student application materials and according to matches between faculty proposals and student interests and skills.

Terms of Employment (dates are tentative, as of March 18, 2021)

  • For the Fall 2021 semester: 20 hours per week, beginning Aug. 23, 2021 and ending Dec. 4, 2021
  • For the Spring 2022 semester: 20 hours per week, beginning Jan. 25. 2022 and ending May 7, 2022.
What is the monetary award?

The 2021-22 GA salary rates have been set.


Full (per semester)       $ 5,395    

Half (per semester)      $ 2,697.50   

How do I apply?

Applicants must be fully admitted to the Graduate Program, which means you must have a minimum of 3.0 grade point average and previous course work related to communication (see full admission status requirements). Full admission status also means application to the Graduate Program should be made well before the assistantship deadline which is February 1 of each year. However, applications will continue to be received until all assistantships are filled.

The application includes two forms, one for the Graduate Tuition Scholarship and one for the Graduate Assistantship which must be filed with the department office. These forms may be obtained by clicking on the following site  It is also helpful to attach a brief letter or resume to point out any specific areas of expertise or skill related to the six options listed here which might make you particularly suited for an assistantship.

Awardees are notified by the University's Graduate College in April. Assistantships begin in the fall semester.

What are the requirements?

Maintain a UNI cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.0.  A newly admitted graduate student must have at least a 3.0 GPA for undergraduate or previous graduate work of at least 8 graded credit hours.Other questions? Contact the Department Head (319-273-2217).

The department encourages applications from persons of minority status, women, persons with disabilities, and military veterans.