College of Arts & Letters


Department of English

Graduate Assistant for First-Year Writing Program

Starting Date:

Beginning Fall Semester 2021

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.

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

Preferred Qualifications:

The applicant should display an ease and comfort interacting with students of all ethnicities. Advanced research skills and writing proficiency, as well as an ability to mentor undergraduate students, are preferred. The ideal candidate will have web design experience and technological proficiencies in Microsoft Excel and Qualtrics.

Hiring Criteria:

The successful applicant should be an effective writer and communicator, possess strong technology competencies, have working availability between the hours of 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday, and a minimum G.P.A. of a 3.0.


Under the general supervision of the Department Chair, the Graduate Assistant will assist the First-Year Writing Director on projects related to the day-to-day operation and on-going assessment of the First-Year Writing Program. Duties will include supporting the First-Year Writing Director with the following tasks: managing an archive of instructional materials; maintaining websites relating to the First-Year Writing Program; 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; managing end-of-semester assessment activities (e.g.: compiling and distributing assessment materials, including common assignments and rubrics; preparing and distributing sample assignments for scoring; recording assessment data; and extrapolating data from both qualitative and quantitative assessment results); assisting with research and publication projects in the area of Writing Studies; and other tasks as needed.


Current Graduate Assistant rate for an average of 15-20 hours per week.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system.  The University is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the U.S. for the upward mobility of its students, and is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good.  We offer nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, ethnic studies, and the humanities. Our faculty have a strong commitment to scholarship, research, creative pursuits, community engagement, and service.

Our 240,000 alumni reflect the City and County’s dynamic mix of populations.  The University has one of the most diverse student populations of any college or university in the nation.  As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, and Asian-American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-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. The University is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

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 considered until the position is filled. Address applications and supporting materials, required documentation, and/or requests for information to:

Dr. Linda Margarita Greenberg
Chair, Department of English
[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.