Michigan State University

Graduate Student Assistantships – 2020/21 - Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA)

CeLTA will offer a total of 5 graduate assistant positions for the academic year of 2020/21: 

  • 3 positions in CeLTA
  • 2 positions as part of the Less Commonly Taught Languages Partnership (Mellon Grant)

CeLTA Graduate Assistantships

We are now accepting applications for the CeLTA Graduate Assistantships! Review of applications for 2020/21 will begin on January 31st. 

All CeLTA graduate assistantships are designed as opportunities for learning, research, and engagement within various areas that an R1 language center affords. All GAs are expected to show initiative, be pro-active, and actively help advance CeLTA’s mission. GAs are expected to hold office hours in CeLTA, collaborate with each other and CeLTA staff, and develop a reflective, professional online portfolio that documents their progress.

All GAs will be working in areas such as:

·      professional development planning, recording, and dissemination

·      new projects and initiatives (as proposed by CeLTA Staff and GAs)

·      planning and organizational support for conferences planned by or in conjunction with CeLTA

·      assisting CeLTA daily operations, as needed

All GAs will work closely with the assistant director, who coordinates GAs, and also with a designated point person in his/her area of focus.

 

GA#1: Community Outreach GA

The GA provides support in the areas of community building and professional development:

·      Assist with CLS (Community Language School) curricula across levels (preschoolers, kids, pre-teens, teens)

·      Assist with planning and organizing outreach events both on and off campus as well as enrichment programs

·      Maintain and update CLS Facebook page

·      Assist with CLS classroom observations and follow-ups

·      Work on CLS research initiatives

·      Provide CLS Teacher orientation and mid semester online meeting-Technical support (creating/editing videos, recording classroom sessions, taking photographs etc.)

·      Advertise and promote CLS classes and events on campus and in the community

·      Ideally, this GA will have some scheduling flexibility as sometimes presence is required during events, testing, etc.; may include some weekend and evening hours

The GA will be able to work some of the hours independently. The GA will need to be present during professional development events, during GA office hours, and during some CeLTA and CLS scheduled events.

GA#2: CeLTA Research GA


The CeLTA Research GA provides research and programmatic support for several CeLTA core initiatives:

·      Assist with the implementation of the CeLTA Survey Initiatives (student and faculty)

·      Work as Editorial Assistant for TASK. Journal on Task-Based Language Teaching and Learning (John Benjamins, https://benjamins.com/catalog/task); work together with Co-Editors Koen Van Gorp (MSU), Kris Van den Branden (KU Leuven) and Editorial Assistant Goedele Vandommele (KU Leuven)

·      Assist with ongoing research in foreign language learning contexts outside the school (e.g., data transcription and analysis)

·      Ideally, this GA will have some scheduling flexibility as sometimes presence is required during events, testing, etc.; may include some weekend and evening hours

The GA will be able to work some of the hours independently. The GA will need to be present during relevant CeLTA staff meetings, during GA office hours, and during some CeLTA scheduled events.

GA#3: Learning Communities and Spaces GA

·      Assist with organizational tasks in the CeLTA Lab

·      Be present at the CeLTA Lab desk at certain times

·      Provide organizational support for the faculty learning communities

·      Assist the MAFLT director in the areas of outreach and promotional activities

·      Serve as a liaison between CeLTA and stakeholders of CeLTA activities

·      Support CeLTA innovation initiatives

·      Assist with room scheduling and provide Community Language School logistical and learning space support (works with Community Outreach GA)

·      Ideally, this GA will have some scheduling flexibility as sometimes presence is required during events, testing, etc.; may include some weekend and evening hours

The GA will be able to work some of the hours independently. The GA will need to be present during relevant CeLTA staff meetings, during some proficiency and placement tests; during GA office hours, and during some CeLTA and Lab scheduled events.

Eligibility

Graduate students from the Second Language Studies Program as well as either language department (Department of Romance and Classical Studies and Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages) are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Application process

Send a brief letter outlining their interest in one of the CeLTA GA positions and a CV to CeLTA Director Dr. Felix Kronenberg (kronenb6@msu.edu). Applications will be reviewed by CeLTA personnel. Candidates will be invited for 20-minute interviews (in-person or via Zoom).

LCTL Partnership Graduate Assistantships

We are now accepting applications for the LCTL Partnership Graduate Assistantships! Review of applications for 2020/21 will begin on February 21st!

Two (2) graduate assistant (GA) positions are available for the 2020-2021 academic year through the Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) Partnership, a grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The LCTL Partnership is housed in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at Michigan State University. The first grant cycle (Sept. 2016 – August 2019) focused on open educational material development in three LCTLs, online language teaching, professional development for language teachers, as well as studying the collaborative processes of the working groups. The current grant cycle (2019-2023) expands the scope of the project, and will focus on two additional LCTLs, with an intentional focus on the Indigenous language, Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). More information about the grant is available at http://lctlpartnership.celta.msu.edu.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Material Development
  • Grant Online Presence
  • Online Education
  • Research
  • Event planning and facilitation
  • Meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

Eligibility

All graduate students in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University

More Information and How to Apply

More information on the LCTL Partnership positions (including how to apply) can be found here.

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