Fresno State campus

Teaching Associate - Spanish

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Work type: Teaching Associate
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 11 - UAW - California Alliance of Academic Student Workers, Temporary, Part Time
Position Description


Teaching Associate for the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures

College of Arts and Humanities

Determinant on successful TA Eligibility and Department Eligibility, The Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures is seeking TA applicants to teach one section of Spanish 1A or Spanish 1B. 

Anticipated Semester and Appointment Dates:

Fall 2021: August 17, 2021 - December 22, 2021 

Spring 2022: January 18, 2022 - May 21, 2022 

Hours/Units per week: Students can work up to 20-hours per week;

  • 1-unit is equivalent to 2.66 hrs per week (40hrs x 1-unit/15-unit)
  • 1.3-wtus - 5.2-wtus (dependent on courses and number of section(s) assigned)
  • 3-6 units
  • no more than 6-units

Typical assignment is 4-units, equivalent to 11 hours per week.

Job Duties may include the following, but will be dependent upon the specific course to which the teaching associate will be assigned, as well as upon the specific needs of the faculty member in charge of the course:

  • Teach beginning Spanish course (as instructor of record)
  • Prepare course assignments and attend section meetings as directed by Course Coordinator
  • Maintain office hours
  • Will be responsible for grading student work
  • Attend TA orientation at the beginning of the semester


  • Must have successfully completed SPAN 201 (Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language) with a grade of “B” or higher, or be enrolled in SPAN 201 during the semester in which the student intends to begin the Teaching Associateship;
  • Must have passed the MA Language Exam
  • Ability to speak, read, and write Spanish and English at advanced levels;
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently and in groups;
  • Ability and willingness to work with computers including common word-processing software, and computer and Internet-based language teaching technology.

Application Deadline and Procedures: The review of applications will begin on June 4, 2021 for Fall semester consideration and will continue until the position is filled. The following documents are required to upload:

1. Department TA application, to be uploaded to PageUp.  Please download the application here (this is a Word document). Complete this document, save file as "YourLastName-DeptApp" and Upload to PageUp when completed.

2. Current unofficial transcripts from your undergraduate and graduate education.  If you have attended more than one institution, please copy and combine these transcripts into one document.

  • How to submit your unofficial transcripts 
    • If you are a Fresno State student:  Sign into  Access your Unofficial Transcript.  Highlight all text throughout the document, copy it and paste it into a word processor document, and save the document with your name somewhere in the file name. 
    • If you are not yet a Fresno State student:  Most U.S. universities allow students to access their academic records online, in a way similar to the way described above for Fresno State students.  Contact your institution’s registrar to find out how to access your unofficial transcript and follow the process described above.  If you have transcripts from more than one institution, please copy them all and paste them into one document, as PageUp only allows one document to be uploaded into the link for transcripts.  Make certain that each institution is clearly indicated within this document.

3. Curriculum Vita, or résumé.  Your Curriculum Vita, or CV, is the academic equivalent of a résumé.  It should contain your contact information, your employment and educational history, skills such as computer programming, familiarity with commonly used computer programs, as well as internships, awards, volunteer service, training and any other experience you have that is relevant to education.

4. Personal Statement on teaching, your preparedness for teaching, and your personal and professional goals. This need be only a 1-2 page document in which you describe what skills and knowledge base you possess that you believe would make you a good university-level Spanish instructor, why you would like to teach Spanish at the university level, what your future goals are, and what you hope to gain from the experience of being a Spanish TA here at Fresno State. 

  • If you are a native speaker of English, you must write this document in Spanish, and if you are a native speaker of Spanish, you must write it in English. 
  • If you are not a native speaker of either Spanish or English, please compose it in Spanish.  

5. Voice Recording: A 1-2 minute voice recording in English and in Spanish summarizing your academic and professional goals. This cannot be uploaded to PageUp, therefore, it must be e-mailed directly to Professor Elsa Castillo

  • Instructions for making and submitting a sound recording can be downloaded here (a pdf document).


The California State University Teaching Associate Classification and Standards

Additional Information regarding TA position.

  • Evaluations: For details please view the Academic Policy Manual, Section 311
  • Salary: Each department has different salary scales. Please check with your department for your Base Salary. The monthly salary is calculated based on the Weighted Teaching Units assigned.
  • Salary Schedule: The salary schedule can be found on the Faculty Affairs website here.
  • Assignments: Assignments are usually made by Department Chair or Program Coordinator after consultation with the individual faculty member.
  • Duties Form: Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Unit 11, a Duties Form (see Appendix E of the CBA) will be completed between the Department and Academic Student Employee. This form substantiates the jobs included for the department teaching associate position.

About the Campus

California State University, Fresno, is a forward-looking and diverse institution located in California’s Central Valley, known for its agriculture, reasonable housing costs, cultural diversity, and proximity to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada.

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, please visit: The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

Fresno State’s Principles of Community

These Principles were developed collaboratively by faculty, staff, and administrators. They exemplify what we aspire to be.  Find out more about our Principles of Community at:

We all play a role in fostering an inclusive work and learning environment of respect, kindness, collaboration, and accountability where every member of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration can thrive. Our Principles of Community reflect our core values of Discovery, Diversity, and Distinction as well as our deep commitment to our mission "to boldly educate and empower students for success."

Our Students

California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Other Campus Information

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited 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 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

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California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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