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Grader/Reader for Comm Lead Core Course Sequence

Posted: 5/7/2018 (Employment)

The position is posted on Husky Jobs  ID 125932

The Communication Leadership graduate program (Comm Lead) is seeking doctoral students to serve as paid grading/feedback support for the two Comm Lead core classes: COMMLD 501 in Fall Quarter 2018 and COMMLD 502 in Spring Quarter 2019. A two-quarter commitment is preferred but not required. It is expected that each position will work approximately 14 hours per week during the term of this quarterly appointment (including class time), not to exceed 177 hours total. Positions will be paid $22.95 per hour, not to exceed $4000 total in a quarter. There will be a limited number of hours of prep work during Summer 2018 (primarily in early September), so the appointment will begin then with a flexible exact start date in late August/early September.

In this role, the successful candidates will work closely with instructors Anita Verna Crofts and Dr. Ekin Yasin, attending the class sessions (5 Saturday sessions in Fall: 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 12/1, 9:00am-5:00pm, and 10 weeknight sessions in Spring, 6:00-9:50 PM night TBD), helping to monitor the discussion threads, and providing written feedback on a host of assignments in both courses. Both courses are Credit/No Credit, so the feedback piece takes on particular importance.
Comm Lead is a professional graduate program, offering Master of Communication Degrees in Digital Media as well as Communities & Networks. Students range in age from 22-40+ and many work full time, coming to school after hours. The two core courses provide a foundation for first year students in the program.

COMMLD 501: Leadership Through Story and Communities
This foundational class considers personal leadership development through the two lenses of story and community, with particular attention paid to contemporary research on creativity. In this digital age when the technology of communication is so pervasive and accessible, leadership and creativity go hand in hand to produce strong community engagement. Oneʼs personal history and cultural context influences oneʼs leadership style, so using cross-sector profiles and guest speakers, we will carefully consider a range of leaders, their personal narratives, communication styles, and how they connect meaningfully to customers, colleagues, and constituents. As part of the course applied learning, you will be asked to research and produce an original final project concerning a communication issue that you find compelling and that reflects your personal and professional interests, ambitions, and curiosity within the field of communication.

COMMLD 502: Communication through Digital Media and Networks
This class tackles how organizations across all sectors successfully craft their story and message it internally and externally. The course looks at various theories and case studies of organizational communication, which provide important context for how organizations map their values, identities and image to the story they convey to  employees and the broader public. The course also asks students to apply these theories, create solutions and draft a plan concerning an actual organizational challenge for class clients that they are matched with in the class. In working with real clients, the class hopes to facilitate the pursuit of professional networks for students whilst also building strategic thinking and planning skills, which will be reflected in students’ in-class group projects. In addition to the group projects, students also write a case-study about the organization and the communicative challenge they face on their own to further develop students’ skills as forecasters and leaders in the field.

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter of interest in a single PDF document titled with your name to Assistant Director of Academic Services Heather Werckle ( by May 31, 2018.

Deadline: 05/31/2018

Location: University of Washington