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Teaching Assistant for the University Writing Center, AY 2024-2025 (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 $58,250.
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 11, 2024

Most recent review date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 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: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2024 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:

Support for Graduate Writers (60%)

  • Facilitate one-on-one consultations with graduate student writers to improve academic writing.
  • Develop, market, and lead workshops, writing groups, and other relevant events in support of graduate student writers.

Support for the UWC/Undergraduate Writing Consultants (40%)

  • Collaborate with the UWC Director to support the UWC and its Undergraduate Writing Consultants through a focused project such as staff meetings and professional development, session observations and mentoring, research and assessment, and/or other projects relevant to the Graduate Consultants' expertise and interest.

Requirements of the position include:

  • Commitment to a fixed semester schedule of 20 hours per week.
  • 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)


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 (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

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.

Please refer to the University of California’s Affirmative Action Policy and the University of California’s Anti-Discrimination 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