College of Arts & Letters


Department of Television, Film and Media Studies

Teaching Associate

Starting Date:

Beginning Fall 2020

Minimum Qualifications:

Degree-seeking graduate student in the Department of Television, Film and Media Studies or in the MFA Program in Television, Film and Theatre. 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.

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree in any related field
  • Must maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA in their graduate program
  • Must be able to work effectively and collegially with other Teaching Associates, Supervising Faculty and the Chair of the department

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

Preferred Qualifications:

The applicant should have the ability to instruct and evaluate students in the lower division level courses in the Television, Film and Media BA and/or General Education. He/ She should display an ease and comfort interacting with students of all ethnicities.

Hiring Criteria:

Students will be selected as Teaching Associates based on the quality of their academic performance, their potential for teaching, and their demonstrated ability or potential to work effectively and collegially with students, staff, and faculty. All applications will be reviewed by the supervising faculty, and Department Chair. All qualified applications will be ranked. Numerical rankings and openings available will determine hiring offer.


Teaching Associates are expected to instruct and evaluate student work in their assigned classes and fulfill the stated goals and requirements of the courses to which they are assigned, to hold office hours, and to participate in mid-term and end-of-term course and program assessment activities. In addition, Teaching Associates are expected to collaborate in a workshop environment to create common course syllabi and instructional materials.


Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, three (3) letters of recommendation and the University’s Application for Academic Employment Form

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


Fall Semester 2020 – applications are due no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, August 17, 2020

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

Dr. Kristiina Hackel, Chair
Department of Television, Film and Media 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.

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.