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Welcome to the Physics Learning Assistant Program


Learning Assistants (LAs) are undergraduates who are interested in pedagogy and inproving 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 Teaching Assistants (TAs). The LA role is focused on facilitating discussions among students and 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.





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 specific registration windows, please log in and review your Registration Information Sheet (RIS)


End of August:  Attend mandatory LA Orientation required for NEW and returning LAs.


Early November: deadline for faculty to request LAs for their Spring courses, submit Faculty LA request form.


Mid November: student Spring LA application open, submit Student LA application form.


Mid December – Early January (one week prior to class start): Spring LA applicant interviews and placements


 3rd week of January: Attend mandatory Spring LA orientation required for NEW and returning LAs.

  • Spring 2022 Orientation: January 19, 2022 from 5-7PM, location is TBD