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Learning Assistants (LA) are peers that serve to facilitate collaborative active learning exercises both in class and during out-of-class problem solving sessions. 

You will earn 1 credit for your work as an LA (this is not a paid position). If this is your first time as an LA, you will need to take a 1 credit pedagogy course that will provide you with the background to carry out and understand your role in the educational team and how you can influence classroom climate, and facilitate group work.

As a learning assistant you will be expected to do the following:

  •  Attend class sessions for the class that you serve as an LA
  •  Interact with and guide the students during active learning exercises
  •  Facilitate out of class problem solving sessions (not in every courses but this is a possibility)
  • Meet with the instructor and other course LAs once a week to discuss upcoming exercises as well as any problems or concerns.

In return you will:

  •  Make a difference in the classroom climate and facilitate your peer’s learning.
  •  Develop your professional network by having the opportunity to work closely with Physics    faculty and other peers with common interests.
  • Develop your leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • Be given 1 class credit for your work as an LA, with an additional credit for first time LA tied to the pedagogy course.


Please use the link below to apply to be a learning assistant (LA) for a physics class in the SP 18 semester. We are seeking LAs in many of our introductory courses as well as some advanced courses (see the form for a full list). 

The deadline for full consideration is Dec 1, 2017.

This is non-binding and you can retract your application if your schedule ends up not working. 


You will be notified by email if you are selected. 

Any questions, please contact any of the instructional faculty.