Fresno State campus

Teaching Associate - Psychology

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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 Psychology

College of Science and Mathematics

Determinant on successful TA Eligibility and Department Eligibility, the successful applicant will teach lab(s) for Psych 144 - Experimental Methods. Teaching Associates will supervise one or more three-hour weekly lab sections. They will explain and supervise weekly lab activities, assist students with their ongoing research projects, evaluate and provide feedback on written assignments, and keep track of lab attendance.

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 Appointment Dates: This position is opened until filled. If you have applied and no other positions are available, you will be notified.

Fall 2022: August 17, 2022 - December 22, 2022 

Spring 2023: January 17, 2023 - May 20, 2023

Hours/Units Assigned: 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

5-16 hours per week depending on the number of labs assigned. Typical assignment is 5 hours per week.

Job Duties may include the following, but will be dependent upon the specific course(s) to which the Teaching Associate will be assigned, as well as upon the specific needs of the faculty member(s) in charge of the course(s):

  • Present lectures and lead discussion groups in lab on research methodology, statistical applications and data analysis as assigned by the Psychology 144 –Experimental Methods instructor
  • Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning
  • Prepare course materials as instructed
  • Administer/proctor lab exams and assignments
  • Grade and record lab assignments
  • Assess student performance in lab and help the faculty instructor integrate laboratory performance by each student into their final course grade
  • Attend weekly meetings with the faculty instructor to discuss curriculum, lab activities and grading criteria
  • Hold weekly office hours and tutor students
  • Teaching Associates will also be called upon to work in a collegial fashion with members of the Psychology department and other university employees


  • Possession of an approved baccalaureate degree in psychology or related field
  • Enrollment as a graduate student in the Psychology Department in at least 6 units of approved graduate level coursework 
  • If the T.A. is a new student, must be admitted to one of the graduate programs in the Psychology Department as a classified graduate student.
  • If the T.A. is not a new student, must maintain a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled in coursework toward their graduate degree, and demonstrate satisfactory progress toward completion of their graduate degree.
  • Willingness to perform multiple tasks and to take guidance from the faculty member(s)
  • For graduate students already matriculating in the program, a pattern of significant and satisfactory progress toward the completion of the graduate degree is required.
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate research methods and statistics class in the behavioral sciences.
  • Communication skills appropriate to the instructional setting
  • Expertise in statistical applications and research methods 
  • Ability and willingness to work with computers including common word-processing software, and computer and Internet-based language teaching technology.

Application Procedures: The review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The following documents are required to upload for full consideration:

1. 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.

2. Cover letter/Personal Statement: addressing qualification and experience; 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 instructor, why you would like to teach at the university level, what your future goals are, and what you hope to gain from the experience of being a TA here at Fresno State. 

3. 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.

Inquiries: Please contact Paul Price, or Sheri Osborn, Email

Finalists: May be asked for letters of reference (do not attach) and/or 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: 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:

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

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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