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Welcome to the Physics Learning Assistant Program


Learning Assistants (LAs) are undergraduates who are interested in teaching pedagogy and 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 pedagogical 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 April: student Spring LA application opens, submit Student LA application form


End of May through the beginning of Fall semester: LA hiring for Fall 2022. If you have applied to be an LA for fall, check your UT email regularly throughout the summer for correspondence.


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

  • Fall 2022 Orientation: August 24, 2022 from 5-7PM, location is TBD