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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.



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. For your specifc registration windows, please log in and review your Registration Information Sheet (RIS)


August 25:  First day of class for Fall 2021 and mandatory LA Orientation 5-7pm at PMA 5.116, Zoom link will be found here. Required for all LAs, whether new or returning. 


Early November: deadline for faculty to request LAs for their Spring courses. The Faculty LA request form will be linked here.


November: student Spring LA application is open! Please fill out the Qualtrics survey that will be linked here.


November 16 – Dec 8: Spring LA applicant interviews and placements


 3rd week of January (TBD): Spring LA orientation. Required for all LAs, whether new or returning