Subject: For credit position: Looking for ULA for BSCI160, 202, 207, 222 -
BSCI Undergraduate Learning Assistant (LA) Fall 2019
The Biological Sciences Program within the College of Computer, Mathematical
and Natural Sciences, will employ Learning Assistants (LAs) in the Fall of
2019 for BSCI160 (Dr. Shofner); BSCI202 (Dr. O’Brien); BSCI207 (Dr.
Carleton) and BSCI222 (Dr. Paczolt). 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, 2019
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
-BSCI202 a LA will have earned a grade of B or higher in BSCI170 taken at
-Sufficient time free for the LA position
-Time free to attend lectures
-Meet for an hour a week to discuss course material
The courses available for LAs are:
BSCI160 Principles of Ecology and Evolution. 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
BSCI202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. Anatomy and physiology of the
cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, digestive, urinary and reproductive
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.
Dr. Carleton: MWF 2-2:50pm
Dr. Carleton: MWF 3-3:50pm
BSCI222 Principles of Genetics. Principles and mechanisms of heredity and
Dr. Paczolt: MWF 1:00pm - 1:50pm, prep meeting Friday 9-10am
Contact Person: Francisca Saavedra
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