Learning Assistant Program

Learning Assistants

Learning Assistants (LAs) are undergraduates who are hired to facilitate small-group interaction in our large-enrollment courses. LAs are paid a modest stipend (~$1,750/semester) to work 10 hours per week in various aspects of course transformation.

The LA experience is valuable for students who continue on to any career; however, our program is specifically designed to recruit undergraduate students to careers in mathematics teaching.

LA Responsiblities

LA's help transform large-enrollment courses by creating environments in which students can interact with one another, engage in collaborative problem solving, articulate and defend their ideas, and explicitly discuss aspects of the nature of mathematics and the nature of learning mathematics.

Although the LA experience includes three main themes; content, practice, and pedagogy. These themes are brought into the experience through three related activities:

  1. Assisting Lead Instructors in the Classroom: LAs help facilitate collaboration among learning teams by formatively assessing student understanding and asking guiding questions. This can occur through the facilitation of small discussions groups in classes and/or in lab/discussion sessions. LAs will use good questioning skills and work to involve all students in meaningful group work. LA meet weekly with their faculty instructors to plan for the upcoming week, reflect on the previous week, and analyze student assessment data.

  2. Participate in a Mathematics Education Seminar: LAs attend a special Mathematics Education seminar where they reflect on their own teaching and learning and make connections to relevant education literature.

  3. Participating in the Assessment Program: LAs will be expected to participate in a variety of observations, assessments, and questionnaires. The data will help track LAs' experiences.

Learning Assistant Supported Courses

  • MATH 1010 (Intermediate Algebra)
  • MATH 1210 (Calculus I)

LA Application Materials

Please complete the application form and have sent at least one, and preferably two, recommendations. Completed applications may be submitted at the Mathematics Department office (233 JWB).

Application for Employment
Recommendation Form

Spring 2018

Applications are due Wednesday, November 8

Learning Assistant Seminar:
Math 1010 - Tuesdays 12:55 - 1:45
Math 1210 - Mondays 3:00 - 4:00
(LA's must be available for the weekly seminar time associated with the class they are assigned to)

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Aryn DeJulis
155A Math Center