Subject: BSCI Learning Assistant Spring 2016
BSCI Learning Assistant Spring 2016
The Biological Sciences Program within the College of Computer, Mathematical
and Natural Sciences, will employ Learning Assistants (LAs) in the Spring
2016 for BSCI202 (Dr. O’Brien) and BSCI106 (Dr. Shofner). The BSCI LA
program is designed to develop teaching, organizational and communication
skills and provide a leadership opportunity for undergraduates. Each LA will
be required to perform the duties listed below.
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 (BSCI279T, 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 Dec 21, 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 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: TuTh 8-9:15am
o Dr. Shofner: 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
Questions? Contact Dr. Francisca Saavedra, [log in to unmask]
Contact Person: Francisca Saavedra, Ph.D.
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