Subject: BSCI Learning Assistant Fall 2015 (1)
BSCI Learning Assistant Fall 2015
The Biological Sciences Program within the College of Computer, Mathematical
and Natural Sciences, will employ Learning Assistants (LAs) in the Fall 2015
for BSCI201 (Dr. Lombardi), BSCI202 (Dr. O’Brien), BSCI106 (Dr. Shofner and
Dr. Saavedra) and BSCI207 (Drs. Haag and Carleton). The BSCI LA program is
designed to develop teaching, organizational and communication skills and
provide a leadership opportunity for undergraduates. Each LA will be
supervised by the lecture or discussion coordinator for the course they are
assigned to assist. Each LA will be required to perform the duties listed
LA duties will include:
• Attend all lectures.
• Adequately prepare for answering questions from students about the
• Grade lecture assignments determined by faculty instructor
• Facilitate in-class activities
• Be available one week prior to the beginning of classes for LA meeting
• Register for 1 credit course (BSCI279P, section TBD)
LAs must complete FERPA training during the first week of classes. This work
will require 5-7 hours per week, depending on the course requirements. This
is a for-credit position. Do to time commitments for
this for-credit position undergraduate students may be enrolled for only
LA position in any given semester.
Interested students fill out the application found here:
LA applications are due July 20, 2015.
Minimum application requirements:
-Second year student
-Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case
-Have taken the course they wish to TA at UMCP and earned a grade of B or
-Students with AP credit for a course will have completed the next higher
level course with a grade of B or higher
-For the non-majors courses (BSCI201 & BSCI202) a LA will have earned a grade
of B or higher in either BSCI105 taken at UMCP.
-Sufficient time free for the LA position
-Time free to attend lectures
-Meet for an hour a week to discuss course material
LA positions will be filled based on staffing needs and applicant
backgrounds. The courses available for LAs are:
• BSCI106 Principles of Biology II. Basic principles of biology with
special emphasis on ecology, evolution, and animal behavior.
o Dr. Shofner: MWF 9-9:50am
o Dr. Shofner: MWF 1-1:50pm
o Dr. Saavedra: MWF 2-2:50pm
• BSCI 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Anatomy and physiology of the
skeletal, muscular, neural, endocrine, and sensory systems.
o Dr. Lombardi: TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
• BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. Anatomy and physiology of the
cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive
o Dr. O’Brien: TuTh 8-9:15am
o Dr. Lombardi: TuTh 8-9:15am
• BSCI207 Principles of Biology III. The diversity, structure and function
of organisms as understood from the perspective of their common
physicochemical principles and unique evolutionary histories.
o Drs. Haag and Carleton: MWF 2-2:50pm
o Drs. Haag and Carleton: MWF 3-3:50pm
Questions? Contact Dr. Francisca Saavedra, [log in to unmask]
Contact Person: Francisca Saavedra, Ph.D.
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