Teaching Experience Enhancement Ideas for PhD Students

First Steps

  • Teach COMS 103
  • Attend G.I.F.T.S. Panels at NCA
  • Attend G.I.F.T.S. Panels at Regional Conferences
  • Consult with advanced TAs about teaching strategies and techniques

Second Steps

  • Take Pro-Sems in COMS 205, 206, 215, and/or 235
  • Submit & Present G.I.F.T.S. Paper at a Regional Conference
  • Volunteer to Review G.I.F.T.S. Paper at Next Year’s Regional Conference

Third Steps

  • Request to teach COMS classes for which you took Pro-Sem
  • Offer to serve as a TA in COMS 110 or COMS 342
  • Submit & Present G.I.F.T.S. Paper at NCA
  • Volunteer to Review G.I.F.T.S. Papers at Next Year’s NCA

Fourth Steps and Beyond

  • Request to teach COMS 110 or 342
  • Request to teach COMS class in the Area of Your Dissertation
  • Respond to G.I.F.T.S. at a Regional Conference or at NCA

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Miller, J. L., Sandburg, S., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Diamonds in the rough: Claims, evidence, and reasoning in Facebook Pollshare.com comments. 
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Lippert, A., & Kay, C. S. (Forthcoming). Click for Dixie: Virtual plantation tours’ use of White nostalgia and directed narrative experience. Chapter proposal accepted for the edited collection, Subjectivities of Interactive Nostalgia

2017 Excellence in Service Award recipient, The National Society of Leadership and Success: Ohio University Chapter. Nominated by former students. Carson Kay was the only graduate student and the only humanities scholar awarded by the society.


Kay, C. S. (2018, January 29). Graduate school and you: Insight from a Viking alum. Invited Skype presenter to discuss the graduate school experience with Dr. Sam Nazione’s senior seminar communication course at Berry College.
Kay, C. S. (2017, November 16-19). The young judge’s dilemma: Examining the tension between established team friendship and objectivity in judging ‘cousin’ teams.” Paper presented at the 2017 National Communication Association Annual Convention, Austin, Texas.
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