Subject: Looking for Learning Assistants for BSCI160, 201, 202 & 207 (Fall18)
BSCI Undergraduate Learning Assistant (LA) Fall 2018
The Biological Sciences Program within the College of Computer, Mathematical
and Natural Sciences, will employ Learning Assistants (LAs) in the Fall of
2018 for BSCI160 (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. THIS IS A NON-PAID
position; STUDENT WILL BE ABLE TO GAIN CREDITS FOR THEIR WORK. Each LA will
be required to perform the duties listed below.
LAs duties vary by course but in general an LA is expected to:
- Attend lectures.
- Adequately prepare for answering questions from students about the lecture
- 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
- Register in TLTC333 Academic Peer Mentoring (1 credit). This course will
provide the fundamental skills to support lecture activities (for new ULAs
- 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 position undergraduate students may be enrolled for only one LA position
in any given semester.
Interested students fill out the application found here:
LA APPLICATIONS ARE DUE April 15, 2018.
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 BSCI160 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
BSCI170 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:
BSCI160 Prin. Ecology and Evolution (former BSCI106). Basic principles of
biology with special emphasis on ecology, evolution, and diversity.
Dr. Shofner: TuTh 9:30-10:45am
Dr. Shofner: TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
BSCI201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Anatomy and physiology of the
skeletal, muscular, neural, endocrine, and sensory systems.
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
Dr. Lombardi: TuTh 9:30-10:45am
Dr. O'Brien: TuTh 8-9:15am
BSCI207 Principles of Biology III -Organismal Biology. The diversity,
structure and function of organisms as understood from the perspective of
their common physicochemical principles and unique evolutionary histories.
Drs. Carleton and Haag: MWF 2-2:50pm
Drs. Carleton and Haag: MWF 3-3:50pm
Contact Person: Francisca Saavedra
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