College of Arts & Letters


Graduate Assistant for Department of Communication Studies

Starting Date:

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

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduate Assistants must be degree-seeking Graduate students in the Department of Communication Studies and must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of their graduate degree during the appointment period.  For the initial appointment, evidence of satisfactory achievement in previous academic work is required. For subsequent appointment, evidence of satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree is required.

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

Good research skills, writing proficiency, agility in using educational technology, and an ability to mentor undergraduate students, are preferred.  Understanding of quantitative, qualitative, or rhetorical theories and research methods, as appropriate to the content of the assigned class, is also preferred.

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 an assigned faculty member or the Department Chair, 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 in scheduled office hours to clarify course material for students enrolled in large lecture courses, and other related tasks. 

Program-level support includes, but is not limited to, assisting faculty with research, editorial and administrative work associated with the DTLA Communication Studies Completion BA program, the Lancaster Prison Program / Prison Graduation Initiative, and the production of Colloquy, the academic journal of the Department of Communication Studies.


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 (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:

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:

David Olsen
[email protected]
Department Chair
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.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to [email protected].

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.