College of Arts & Letters

Department of Communication Studies

Position: The Department of Communication Studies annually offers TA positions.  Those chosen to participate teach one to two sections of COMM 150 Oral Communication per quarter, for a maximum of six quarters, not including possible Summer quarter assignments.

Starting Date: Beginning Fall quarter 2012 and renewed quarter by quarter thereafter.

Minimum Qualifications: MA-degree-seeking graduate students in the Department of Communication Studies, option in Communication to perform instruction. A Bachelor’s degree in Communication from an accredited institution of higher education is required, or a Bachelor’s degree in another field and completion of an approved Conditional Program for the MA in COMS.  Teaching Associates must be enrolled in courses towards the completion of that graduate degree during the Teaching Associate appointment period. Applicants should have the ability to relate well to others within the academic environment, have the potential for excellent teaching, 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: None.

Hiring Criteria: Appointments as a Teaching Associate are made based on evidence of academic achievement, potential for academic success and relevant instructional experience. 

Duties: Under general supervision of the TA Coordinator, successful candidates will teach sections of the undergraduate COMM 150 Oral Communication courses, as sole instructors, with all the concomitant duties and expectations of any lecturer. TAs are required to complete the course COMM 491: Theories of Instructional Communication either before or during their first quarter as a TA, are required to attend TA training (typically held the week before classes begin), and are required to attend weekly TA meetings during each term.

The University: California State University, Los Angeles, a comprehensive urban university and one of 23 campuses that comprise The California State University system, offers programs in more than 50 academic and professional fields.  The campus is located at the eastern edge of Los Angeles, adjacent to the western San Gabriel Valley, with more than 22,000 full and part-time students reflecting the rich, ethnic diversity of the area.  The University is committed to student-centered learning, free scholarly inquiry and academic excellence.

Salary Range: Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Percentage or hours of appointment: To be determined.

Required Documentation: Standard documentation includes: 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.

Deadlines for application and procedures for notification: Applications will accepted until TA positions have been filled.

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

Melissa Broeckelman-Post
Professor of Communication and TA Coordinator
Department of Communication Studies
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8162


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.

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 or 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.

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Last Update: 05/04/2012