College of Arts & Letters


Graduate Assistant for Department of Communication Studies.

Starting Date:

Beginning Fall quarter 2012 and on-going.  Quarter-by quarter hiring as dictated by COMM course enrollments.

Minimum Qualifications:

Degree-seeking graduate students in the Department of Communication Studies are eligible and preferred. Graduate students in related fields will be considered. Graduate Assistants must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of their 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:

Appointments as a Graduate Assistant are made based on evidence of academic achievement, potential for academic success and expressed interest in, and availability for, performing the duties of a Graduate Assistant.


Under the general supervision of the faculty member for each large lecture format COMM course, the Graduate Assistant will provide instructional assistance such as proctor grading examinations, recording grades, etc.; assisting faculty with research and preparation of course materials; participating in the evaluation of students’ work and other related tasks.  The Graduate Assistant may also provide assistance in the instruction of students by conducting small discussion groups related to large lectures course activities, maintaining office hours to provide direct individual contact between student and graduate assistant, clarifying course material or course content for students.


Current Graduate Assistant rate for an average of up to 20 hours per week, depending on number of classes assigned.

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, two 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 accepted at any time.  Successful candidates will be notified by phone and email.

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

Dr. David Olsen
Chair and Graduate Advisor
Department of Communication Studies
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8171

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.

Fingerprinting is required and will be checked by the California Department of Justice and FBI.

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.