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Francisca Saavedra <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: BSCI Learning Assistant Fall 2016

BSCI Learning Assistant Fall 2016

The Biological Sciences Program within the College of Computer, Mathematical
and Natural Sciences, will employ Learning Assistants (LAs) in the Fall 2016
for BSCI106 (Dr. Shofner); BSCI201 and BSCI202 (Dr. Lombardi); BSCI202 (Dr.
O’Brien); and BSCI207 (Drs. Carleton and Haag). 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 lectures.
• Adequately prepare for answering questions from students about the
lecture material
• Grade lecture assignments determined by faculty instructor
• Facilitate in-class activities
• Be available one week prior to the beginning of classes for LA meeting
with instructor
• Register in TLTC333 Academic Peer Mentoring (1 credit). This course will
provide the fundamental skills to support lecture activities
• Register for 1 credit course (BSCI279T, section TBD or TLTC399). This one
credit course is designed to give credit to Learning Assistants (LA) for time
spent with faculty helping inside and outside the classroom.

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 one
LA position in any given semester.

Interested students fill out the application found here:


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 LA 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 BSCI201 and BSCI202 a LA will have earned a grade of B or higher in
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

• 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. Lombardi: TuTh 8-9:15am
o Dr. O’Brien: 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. Carleton and Haag: MWF 2-2:50pm
o Drs. Carleton and Haag: MWF 3-3:50pm

Questions? Contact Dr. Francisca Saavedra, [log in to unmask]

Contact Person: Francisca Saavedra
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