college of natural & social sciences

Department of Latin American Studies

POSITION: Graduate Assistant

STARTING DATE: Immediate opening available for Fall quarter

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The Graduate Assistant must be enrolled in the LAS graduate program and be making satisfactory progress toward completion of the MA degree; have comprehensive research experience in use of library resources and journal databases; be able to interact warmly and supportively with students and faculty; have good writing skills; and be able to assist and train students who are taking LAS/CHS 335 as part of their upper division GE theme courses. Due to the nature of the course material, the Graduate Assistant should be comfortable discussing racial and ethnic issues with students of diverse cultural backgrounds. Applicants may not be employed elsewhere full-time.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Interest in a future teaching career at the college level is a plus.

DUTIES: The Graduate Assistant helps guide students with their individual research and writing assignments; explains Portfolio assignments and standards; monitors student attendance and progress with assignments; assists the instructor with class administration, including audio-visual and computer set up prior to each Thursday 6 p.m. class meeting; maintains scheduled office hours; helps identify students needing special assistance; and, participates in the evaluation of students’ research and writing assignments over a period of days following the final exam. 

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 University is committed to student-centered learning, free scholarly inquiry and academic excellence, hires on the basis of merit, and encourages qualified minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply.

SALARY RANGE: The office of the dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences determines the hourly rate for graduate assistants. Funding for this one-term position will be contingent upon LAS 335 enrollment over a certain threshold, a determination usually reached by the Dean of Natural and Social Sciences during the first week of classes. It is estimated that the position will be for an average of five hours per week for eleven weeks, with the actual work schedule more heavily concentrated in the final week.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION: Application for Employment and recommendation from at least two faculty members.  Please forward your completed application to:

Dr. Beth Baker-Cristales, Acting Director

Latin American Studies

California State University, Los Angeles

5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032-8220

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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be on-going.

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, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, 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 an undo hardship.

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Last Update: 10/06/2010