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Teaching Assistant for the University Writing Center, AY 2023-2024 (Anticipated)

Position overview

Position title: Teaching Assistant for the University Writing Center
Salary range: See Table 18 for the salary range for this position. Salary is based on an annual full-time salary of $50,000.
Percent time: Up to 50%
Anticipated start: August 16, 2023 or other dates as needed
Position duration: Academic Year and Summer Session

Application Window

Open date: April 10, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Sunday, Dec 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University Writing Center (UWC) at UC Merced has the mission of promoting the value of writing across disciplines and outside of academia to support campus writers and enhance their approaches to writing. Under the general direction of the UWC's Director, the Graduate Writing Consultant (payroll title of Teaching Assistant) will provide support for fellow graduate students on their academic writing and scholarship as well as offer pedagogical support and mentoring for the UWC’s undergraduate Writing Consultants.

Responsibilities of the position include:

  • Facilitating one-on-one consultations with graduate student writers to improve academic writing.
  • Serving as a mentor to undergraduate Writing Consultants, including but not limited to conducting observations of sessions, providing formative feedback, and developing materials and activities to support undergraduate Writing Consultants' professional growth.
  • Developing, marketing, and leading workshops, writing groups, and other relevant events in support of student writers.
  • Collaborating with the UWC Director to plan and facilitate bi-weekly staff meetings for UWC student employees.

Requirements of the position include:

  • Commitment to a fixed semester schedule of 20 hours per week, which will include 6-8 hours of online/remote appointments.
  • Participation in mandatory orientation/training prior to the start of instruction.
  • Participation in mandatory bi-weekly staff meetings for UWC student employees (Fridays, 3:00 - 4:30)

Review of applications will begin 05/10/2023. Recruitment will remain open until all positions have been filled with a final date of 12/31/2023.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. The applicable deadline for student employees is the deadline for students. For students starting or returning to campus after Fall 2021, the deadline is the first date of instruction for the term when they first enroll.


Basic qualifications
  • UC Merced graduate student
  • Experience with and understanding of multiple academic genres (e.g., literature review, fellowship applications, research reports, abstracts, etc.)
  • Maintenance of a qualifying grade point average (per UC Merced's Graduate Policies & Procedures Handbook)
  • Academically eligible to hold the appointment (per UC Merced's Graduate Policies & Procedures Handbook)
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion, and serving the needs of a culturally, linguistically, and educationally diverse community.
  • Ability to work 20 hours per week for the duration of the appointment.
Preferred qualifications
  • Experience with and/or sincere interest in pedagogy and mentoring

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please address your interest in this position with the University Writing Center including your experience and abilities as they relate to supporting the writing of students across disciplines.

Reference requirements
  • 2 required (contact information only)
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About UC Merced

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

The University of California, Merced is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements. This includes the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs:

Job location

Merced, CA