College of Arts & Letters



Graduate Assistant for First-Year Writing Program in 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 writing program administration, writing assessment, and/or the teaching of writing. In addition, the applicant should possess some familiarity with office productivity software. The ideal candidate will have some familiarity with using databases and spreadsheets and be comfortable preparing basic statistical summaries and reports.  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 assist the Composition Coordinator on projects related to the day-to-day operation and on-going assessment of the First-Year Writing Program. Duties will include helping the Composition Coordinator manage end-of-quarter assessment (preparing score records and portfolios, recording assessment data, distributing and organizing portfolios, helping instructors notify students of assessment results); compiling and distributing materials related to key assessment activities, such as assessment assignments, rubrics, and reflections; and extrapolating data from both qualitative and quantitative assessment results. In additions, duties might include managing an archive of instructional materials, maintaining a library of textbooks for use by faculty, assisting faculty with the preparation of course materials, assisting department staff with activities related to the First-Year Writing program, assisting students with questions about coursework and/or placement, and other related activities.


Current Graduate Assistant rate for an average of 15-20 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 90032-8162

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.

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.