College of Arts & Letters



Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement in the English Department

Starting Date:

Beginning Fall quarter 2015

Minimum Qualifications:

Degree-seeking graduate student in the Department of English in good standing.

Graduate Assistants must be registered in a CSU graduate degree program and must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of that graduate degree during the appointment period.  Applicants should have the ability to relate well to others within the academic environment, and demonstrate ability and/or interest in working in a multiethnic, multicultural 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.

Hiring Criteria:

The applicant should be an effective writer and be interested in working on community and civic engagement initiatives in the English Department. The applicant should possess some familiarity with office productivity software, with the ideal candidate having some familiarity with using databases and/or spreadsheets to track and coordinate people, events, and activities. The applicant should be able to work well with both faculty and students.


Under the general supervision of the Department Chair, the Graduate Assistant will work with the department faculty on facilitating specific community engagement projects. At present, the department is seeking an individual to work on the “Words Uncaged,” a community engagement partnership between Cal State LA, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Karma Rescue. Duties might include coordinating the exchange of work done by Cal State LA students with work done by inmates, developing classroom activities and instructional materials to be used in the program, creating and managing an archive of instructional materials related to this program and to community engagement in general, and assisting faculty with the preparation of course materials.


Current Graduate Assistant rate for an average of 10 hours per week.

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:

Please submit a 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.


APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED AT ANY TIME AND WILL BE REVIEWED UNTIL THE POSITION IS FILLED. Address applications, required documentation and/or requests for information to:

Department of English
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Exceptions to minimum qualifications may be granted at the sole discretion of the Un the University.

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.

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.