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Welcome to the Physics undergraduate Learning Assistant program.

Learning Assistants (LAs) are undergraduates who are interested in pedagogy and in improving physics education. LAs promote discussion, engagement, and community in undergraduate classes. LAs meet weekly with their faculty supervisor and teaching team, participate in a physics pedagogy class, and apply their physics and pedagogy knowledge to elicit student ideas.

Learning Assistants perform a different but complementary role to that of Teaching Assistants (TAs). The LA role is focused on facilitating discourse among students and to enhance student engagement. LAs duties may include grading, holding office hours, and lab setup/maintenance, but those duties should not make up the majority of their work hours.

 

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Important Dates

Academic Calendar:

Review important University dates & deadlines for the current academic year here. 

Registration Periods:

The UT course schedules can be found here.

November 6th: deadline for faculty to request LAs for their Spring 2021 courses

Faculty LA request form is here.

November 2nd – 30th: student LA application is open!

Please fill out the Qualtrics survey found here.

November 16th – Dec 8th: LA applicant interviews and placement

January 19th: first day of class for Spring 2021

 3rd week of January (TBD): LA orientation

Required for all LAs, whether new or returning