Listen • Speak • Engage
San José State University
Department of Communication Studies
COMM 285B, Teaching Associate Practicum II, Spring 2010
Dr. Deanna L. Fassett
(Re: Grad Program:
Wednesdays, 11 AM-2 PM (drop-in), and Tuesdays, 10 AM-12 PM
(by appointment only).
For people with scheduling conflicts, it may
be possible to arrange an appointment for another day/time.
Mandatory Furlough Days:
Due to mandatory furlough of CSU employees, I am not permitted to
engage in university business (including, for example, teaching classes
or holding office hours, responding to email, or reading student work)
on the following days: January 29
, February 15
, March 2
, April 5
, and May 6
Tuesdays, biweekly, 2-4 PM
Marie Carr Conference Room, HGH 215
Comm 285A; Graduate Standing; Appointment as a Graduate
Instruction and supervised experience in teaching university level courses in communication studies.
to advanced discussion of topics from COMM 285A, topics will include theories of teaching and learning, identity,
culture and power.
In COMM 285B, as a “reflective practicum,” we will combine practical experience with scholarly reflection.
purpose is to reflect on the philosophy and practice of teaching, and to use our immediate experience as teachers (however
novice) to inform our discussions and make them relevant and useful.
Through structured readings and assignments, we
will work toward a more nuanced understanding of the roles and responsibilities of educators, while improving our
By department policy, teaching associates are required to take 2.0 units of COMM 285A in their first semester as
TAs; in their second semester, teaching associates are required to take 2.0 units of COMM 285B.
TAs, including those in
their second year, are always required to attend staff meetings, as arranged by the TA supervisor.
As you progress
through the four semester TA program, your role and your responsibilities will evolve.
Your accumulated experience is
integral to the on-going development of COMM 285/staff meetings and to our community of teacher-scholars.
You may find copies of this greensheet and other relevant documents on my instructor website:
COMM 285B: Teaching Associate Practicum IISpring 2010