College of Arts & Letters


Teaching Associate for Communication Studies

The Department of Communication Studies offers Teaching Associate (TA) positions to selected qualified applicants. Individuals selected as TAs are offered one to two sections of COMM 1100: Oral Communication to teach each semester. TAs may be hired for a maximum of four semesters, not including possible summer or intersession teaching assignments. TAs are hired per semester, and continuation in the TA program is contingent upon satisfactory performance as both a TA, and as a graduate student.

Starting Date:

Beginning in the Fall semester and renewable thereafter, pending continued satisfactory performance.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must be an M.A. graduate student in the Department of Communication Studies. A Bachelor’s degree in Communication from an accredited institution of higher education is required, or a Bachelor’s degree in another related field, and completion of an approved Conditional Program for the M.A. in COMS.  Teaching Associates must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of the M.A. in Communication Studies graduate degree during the Teaching Associate 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 possess strong oral and written communication skills in English, facility in using learning management systems and other educational technology, including, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom, video creation software, and Adobe Acrobat. Additionally, TAs must 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.

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.

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

Hiring Criteria:

Appointments of Teaching Associates are made based on evidence of academic achievement, potential for academic and teaching success, and relevant instructional experience.


Under general supervision of the TA Supervisor, successful candidates will teach sections of the undergraduate general education COMM 1100: Oral Communication course sections, as instructors of record, with all the associated duties and expectations of any lecturer. TAs are required to: 1) enroll and successfully complete COMS 5910: Theories of Instructional Communication either before or during their first semester as a TA; 2) attend paid pre-semester TA training (typically held the week before classes begin in the fall) and; 3) attend paid TA meetings, Showcase events, and continuing training sessions during each semester of employment as a TA.


Teaching Associates will be appointed at Teaching Associate Range A.

Percentage or hours of appointment: Maximum of 20 hours per week during each semester.

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: application, curriculum vita (CV), statement of teaching interest, 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.

Candidates with previous teaching experience or pedagogy training, are welcome to include materials that demonstrate their experience and skills. (Ex: summary of teaching evaluations, a teaching philosophy, syllabi, or a portfolio of teaching materials).


Prospective MA and first-year MA students are invited to apply from February 1 – March 15 each year.

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

Kristina Ruiz-Mesa
[email protected]
Associate Professor of Communication and Basic Course Director
Department of Communication Studies
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8162

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.