College of Arts & Letters


The Department of Communication Studies offers Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) positions to selected qualified applicants. Individuals selected as GTAs are offered one to two sections of COMM 150: Oral Communication to teach per quarter. GTAs may be hired for a maximum of six quarters, not including possible summer quarter assignments. GTAs are hired per quarter, and continuation in the GTA program is contingent upon satisfactory performance as both a GTA, and as a graduate student.

Starting Date:

Beginning Fall quarter 2015 and renewable thereafter, pending continued satisfactory performance.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must be an M.A. graduate student in the Department of Communication Studies, enrolled in the option of Communication. A Bachelor’s degree in Communication from an accredited institution of higher education is required, or a Bachelor’s degree in another field, and completion of an approved Conditional Program for the M.A. in COMS.  Graduate Teaching Associates must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of the M.A. in Communication Studies graduate degree during the Graduate Teaching Associate appointment period. Applicants should possess strong oral and written communication skills, have the ability to perform well within an academic environment, have the potential for excellent teaching, and demonstrate an interest in working in a multicultural and diverse environment.

As a University dedicated to engagement, service and the public good, the successful candidate will be expected to join faculty, staff, students and administrators in a commitment to these purposes.

Preferred Qualifications:


Hiring Criteria:

Appointments of Graduate Teaching Associates are made based on evidence of academic achievement, potential for academic success, and relevant instructional experience.


Under general supervision of the GTA Supervisor, successful candidates will teach sections of the undergraduate COMM 150: Oral Communication courses, as instructors of record, with all the associated duties and expectations of any lecturer. GTAs are required to: 1) enroll and successfully complete COMS 591: Theories of Instructional Communication either before or during their first quarter as a GTA; 2) attend GTA training (typically held the week before classes begin in the fall) and; 3) attend weekly GTA meetings during each term of employment as a GTA.


Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Percentage or hours of appointment: To be determined.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. Founded in 1947, the University is in the city of Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and has more than 23,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic diversity of the area. The University is a federally recognized Hispanic-serving, Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-serving, and Minority-serving institution.

Required Documentation:

Standard documentation includes: letter of application, curriculum vita, GET print-out verifying enrollment in a program of graduate study in this department, three letters of recommendation and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form. Employment contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Deadlines for application and procedures for notification: Applications will accepted until GTA positions have been filled.

Address applications, required documentation and/or requests for information to:

Kristina Ruiz-Mesa
Assistant Professor of Communication and GTA Supervisor
Department of Communication Studies
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8162

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran, or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.