Subject: BSCI Undergraduate Learning Assistant (LA) Spring 2020 (1)
The Biological Sciences Program within the College of Computer, Mathematical
and Natural Sciences, will identify Learning Assistants (LAs) in the Spring
of 2020 for BSCI103 (Dr. Espindola); BSCI160 (Dr. Shofner); BSCI202 (Dr.
O’Brien); 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.
LA duties will include:
- Attend lectures.
- Adequately prepare for answering questions from students about the lecture
- Grade lecture assignments determined by faculty instructor
- Facilitate in-class activities
- 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 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 NOVEMBER 29, 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
-For BSCI103 a LA will have earned a grade of B or higher in BSCI160 or
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:
BSCI103 The World of Biology. An introduction to modern biology for the
Dr. Espindola: TuTh 12:30-1:45pm
BSCI160 Principles of Ecology and Evolution (former BSCI106). Basic
principles of biology with special emphasis on ecology, evolution, and
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
BSCI222 Principles of Genetics. Principles and mechanisms of heredity and
Dr. Paczolt: TuTh 12:30-1:45pm, prep meeting Friday 1-2pm
Contact Person: Francisca Saavedra
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