College of Arts & Letters


Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Teaching Associate-Spanish

Starting Date:

Beginning Fall 2018 [and on-going]

Minimum Qualifications:

Degree-seeking graduate student in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures/Spanish.

Teaching Associates must be currently enrolled in or admitted to a CSULA graduate degree program.  The successful applicant will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings.

The applicant must be a degree-seeking graduate student in the M.A. in Spanish program and must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of that graduate degree during the appointment period. 
1) Native or near-native proficiency in Spanish.
2) Spanish BA with a 3.5 G.P.A. or above
3) Good academic standing at CSULA (3.0 GPA in graduate courses)
4) Commitment to complete a TA orientation workshop during the first weeks of employment. The Spanish program cannot guarantee the workshop will be offered every semester.

Preferred Qualifications:

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.

Hiring Criteria:

The successful applicant should be an effective communicator, native or near-native speaker of Spanish, possess basic technology competencies, have a compatible schedule with course to be taught, and a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 in a Spanish B.A. and 3.0 in Spanish M.A.


Successful candidates will teach Elementary Spanish and hold office hours accordingly.


Base salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Time base is .5 or less (20 hours).

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: letter of application, curriculum vita, GET print-out verifying enrollment in a program of graduate study in this department; three letters of recommendation*; an application for appointment as a graduate teaching associate in MLL/Spanish and the University’s Application for Academic Employment form

*Two of the three recommendation letters must be written by faculty with whom application took either fourth-year college of graduate Spanish courses. Applicants who have taught Spanish in a high school may use letters from supervisors.

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


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

Dr. Namhee Lee, Chair
[email protected]
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
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.

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.

Beginning January 1, 2022, campuses may not hire or reappoint an Employee to perform CSU-related work outside of California. Requests for exceptions are very limited based on CSU Policy and must have prior written approval from the University President.  

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.