Fresno State campus

Teaching Associate - English

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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 English

College of Arts and Humanities

The Department of English seeks graduate students as Teaching Associates applicants. Teaching Associates typically are responsible for providing classroom instruction. 

  • Determinant on successful TA Eligibility and Department Eligibility and adequate funding, the Department is seeking TA applicants for sections of English 5A. 
  • Determinant on successful TA Eligibility and Department Eligibility, TAs will teach sections of English 5B the following semester and could have opportunities to teach other beginning courses in the English Department. 
  • The department reserves the right to choose the most qualified candidate for each position and to assign given Teaching Associates to the courses that are appropriate for the department program and curriculum in any given semester.
  • Due to staff and curriculum changes, courses offered may vary, and no guarantee of employment from semester to semester can be made.

Anticipated availability:

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

Spring 2022: January 17, 2022 - May 21, 2022

Hours/Units Per Week: 3-6 units (dependent on courses and number of section(s) assigned)

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:

  • Instruct and manage the classroom
  • Create or implement course design and assignment sequence
  • Prepare course materials and classroom activities
  • Respond to and evaluate student writing
  • Assess student performance, including give course grades
  • Assist students outside of class during office hours and by appointment
  • Attend TA orientation at the beginning of the semester
  • Enroll in and attend English 282 (Practicum for Teachers of Writing) once a week, each semester, as a condition of employment
  • Participate in programmatic assessment procedures (Portfolio, normings, etc.)
  • Teach beginning English course (as instructor of record)
  • Maintain office hours
  • Evaluate student work

Qualifications: A candidate for the position of teaching associate in the Department of English must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must have courses in, knowledge of, and experience with literacy learning and the writing process.
  • Must be a student fully admitted to the MA or MFA Program in the Department of English, in good academic standing, and be enrolled in at least 6-units for the semester or in two courses toward the degree.
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory progress towards the degree.
  • Should also have the ability to relate well with others within the academic environment and have the ability or potential to learn how to instruct and evaluate students.
  • Enroll in and pass English 270 (Seminar in Writing Pedagogy: Theory and Practice) by the date of appointment to a TA position.

Desirable Qualifications: The Hiring Committee also looks favorably upon applicants who have successfully completed courses in history of the English language, grammar, linguistics, creative writing form and theory courses (English 241, 243, 245) or teaching English as a second language.  Such courses might include English 175T (Special Topics in Rhetoric and Writing), English 131 (Literacy Studies), CI 161 (Methods and Materials in Secondary Teaching), English 132S (Rhetorical Grammar), and Linguistics 237 (Teaching Basic Written English). Writing, tutoring or teaching experience preferred but not required.

Application Procedures: The review of applications will begin in spring for a fall start date.

*For full consideration the application and all required materials must be submitted by March 31, or until full

The following documents are required to upload:

1. 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 https://my.fresnostate.edu.  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.

2. 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 and a list of three references.

3. List of three references. The online application will request you to enter your three references separate from your C.V. The letters of references will be requested by the committee. Be prepared to enter the following for each of your three referents:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Type of reference
  • Organization
  • Position Title
  • Phone Number
  • E-mail address

4. Writing Sample: research argument, 5-10 pages long or so with works cited.

Inquiries: Contact Dr. Bo Wang, Email bwang@csufresno.edu

Finalists: may be asked for an interview

Teaching Associates additional information regarding assignment:

The California State University Teaching Associate Classification and Standards

  • 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 made by Department Chair or Program Coordinator after consultation with the teaching associate.
  • 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.
  • Teaching Associate is a student position for those actively enrolled in a graduate program at Fresno State. 
  • Students are limited to 20-hours of part-time work on campus.

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: http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/diversity 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: https://fresnostate.edu/president/strategic-plan/principles-of-community.html

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 www.fresnostate.edu/police/clery/index.shtml.  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: http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1083.html.

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click http://fresnostate.edu/adminserv/smokefree/index.html

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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