Center for Rhetoric in Society

Investigate. Narrate. Engage.


Two CRS members working together on a documentIn the Center for Rhetoric in Society, graduate students play a vital role in fulfilling our mission. We offer assistantships to Virginia Tech students across the curriculum, and we are committed to providing intellectual and professional growth for all of our assistants.

While we do welcome all applicants, preference will be given to those who have a background in rhetoric, composition, professional and technical writing, or communication and who are pursuing advanced studies in one or more of those areas. Whenever possible, the assistantship will be tailored to the needs and interests of individual assistants as they intersect with program and affiliated faculty objectives.

Criteria for Selection

  • Knowledge of the fields of rhetoric and composition and familiarity with areas and methods of research in the discipline
  • Strong research and writing skills with interest or experience in grant writing preferred
  • Good communication skills demonstrated by a collaborative working style, openness to diverse perspectives, and a desire to interact with a range of the center’s partners and constituents including faculty at Virginia Tech and nationally, regional community members, students, and faculty across the disciplines
  • Flexibility, creativity, and dependability
  • Computer skills, especially graphic and document design using Adobe Creative Cloud and front-end web development including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and content management systems like WordPress
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative on new projects


  • Work with Center Director, affiliated faculty, and graduate students to determine specific tasks at the beginning of each term in the position
  • Work collaboratively to develop, participate in, and lead Center research projects and activities
  • Attend a weekly staff meeting (one-two hours) and set aside six hours each week to be available on campus if necessary for collaborative work or research meetings
  • Work independently on projects during the week (up to ten additional hours—this will vary each week depending on project deadlines and other factors)

Interested in applying for an assistantship? Do you have questions about opportunities with us? Feel free to contact us at anytime. We look forward to hearing from you!