College of Arts & Letters


Graduate Assistant for Department of English

Starting Date:

Beginning Fall semester 2016 and on-going. Term-by-term hiring as dictated by large lecture course enrollments and other academic program needs.

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.

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. In addition, the applicant should be an effective writer, and should possess some familiarity with office productivity software, with the ideal candidate having some familiarity and skill with coordinating 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 or an assigned faculty member, the Graduate Assistant might be assigned to provide instructional support or program-level support. Instructional support includes, but is not limited to, proctoring and grading examinations, recording grades, assisting faculty with research and preparation of course materials, participating in the evaluation of students’ work, and conducting small discussion groups and/or meeting individually with students to clarify course material for students enrolled in large lecture courses. Program-level support includes, but is not limited to, coordinating students and student assistants in assigned civic learning activities associated with the department’s upper division general education courses, and planning and coordinating key academic events, such as the graduate student conference Significations.


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

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally.  Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 27,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs.

Required Documentation:

Please submit a letter of application, 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 hiring department/authority.

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.