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Graduate Student Assistantships – 2019/20
Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA)

PLEASE NOTE: THE POSITIONS FOR 2019/20 HAVE BEEN FILLED.

The 2019/20 CeLTA Graduate Assistants are:

GA#1: Elizabeth Ablan (MA Tesol)

 

GA#2: Isaac Server (Linguistics)

 

GA#3: Lee Her(SLS)

 


CeLTA will offer 3 core graduate assistant positions for the academic year of 2019/20. If funded, CeLTA will also offer 2 graduate assistant positions as part of the Less Commonly Taught Languages Mellon Grant.
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.

GA#1: Community and Professional Development GA
The GA provides support in the areas of community building and professional development:
• Assist with CLS (CeLTA 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
• Assist with professional development planning, recording, and dissemination
• 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 Core Initiatives GA
The CeLTA Core Initiatives GA provides research and programmatic support for several CeLTA core initiatives:
• Assist with the implementation of the CeLTA Evaluation/Survey Initiative
• Assist with the Language for Specific Purposes Initiative
• Provide planning support for the annual MIWLA Conference (in Lansing)
• Assist the MAFLT director in the areas of outreach and promotional activities
• 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 
• Help organizing teaching assistant community of practice
• Serve as a liaison between CeLTA and stakeholders of CeLTA activities
• Support CeLTA innovation initiatives
• Provide planning and organizational support for conferences planned by or in conjunction with CeLTA
• Assist with room scheduling and provide CeLTA Language School logistical and learning space support (works with community 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 interest in one or more of the GA positions described above, 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).

We no longer accept applications for the academic year of 2019-2020. All 3 positions have been filled.


LCTL Partnership Graduate Assistantships

Two (2) GA positions will work with 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). The current grant cycle (Sept. 2016 - August 2019) has 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. More information about the current grant is available at http://lctlpartnership.celta.msu.edu. A proposal for a second grant cycle has been submitted to expand the scope of the project, with an intentional focus on Indigenous languages. These GA positions are DEPENDENT ON PENDING FUNDING and will not be officially confirmed until we know if we receive the new grant (June 2019).

More information on the LCTL Partnership positions can be found here.