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College of Arts & Letters


Department of Theatre and Dance

Teaching Associate in Acting and Vocal Technique

Starting Date:

Beginning Spring 2019

Minimum Qualifications:

Degree-seeking graduate student in Departments compatible with Theatre and Television Film & Media Studies.  Teaching Associates must be registered in the MFA in TVFT program and must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of that graduate degree during the 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.

Candidates must meet the following specific requirements:

1) Must possess a bachelor’s degree in any field
2) Must maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA in their graduate program
3) Must complete an orientation program in the week prior to the first teaching assignment
4) Must participate in the training workshops conducted by the Supervising Faculty
5) Must be able to work effectively and collegially with other TAs, Supervising Faculty, the Director of the program and the Chair of the Department
6) Must have successfully completed TA 5100 Projects in Teaching prior to appointment or demonstrates prior teaching experience equivalency as determined by the Department

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

Preferred Qualifications:

Excellent evaluation by the TA 5100 instructor. The ability to instruct and evaluate students in lower division level acting and voice production courses in the Theatre B.A. and/or General Education (TA 1400, TA 1410, TA 1420, TA 2430).

Hiring Criteria:

Students will be selected as Teaching Associates based on the quality of their academic performance, their potential for teaching, and their demonstrated ability or potential to work effectively and collegially with students, staff, and faculty. All applications will be reviewed by the supervising faculty, the Director of the MFA in TVFT and Department Chair. All qualified applications will be ranked. Numerical rankings and openings available will determine hiring offer.


Teaching Associates are expected to instruct and evaluate student work in their assigned classes and fulfill the stated goals and requirements of the courses to which they are assigned, to hold office hours, and to participate in mid-term and end-of-term course and program assessment activities. In addition, Teaching Associates are expected to collaborate in a workshop environment to create common course syllabi and instructional materials.


Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. The University is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, Cal State LA serves more than 28,000 students and more than 240,000 distinguished alumni. A majority of the University’s alumni live in the Los Angeles region, enriching their communities and contributing to the vitality of the local economy. Cal State LA is focused on developing a new bioscience entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley regions through partnerships with local business. To provide increased educational opportunities, Cal State LA recently opened a campus in downtown Los Angeles that offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as professional development and certificate programs. The university is home to the critically acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex and the TV, Film and Media Center.

Required Documentation:

Standard documentation includes: letter of application, curriculum vitae, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, two letters of recommendation (dated within the last two years), and the University’s Application for Academic Employment Form.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Applications accepted at any time.

Applications should be sent to the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Email applications, required documentation, and/or requests for information to: [email protected]

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, 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.