Thank you for your interest in being a Physics Learning Assistant (LA). LAs will assist with the instructional mission of the physics department by working with faculty who are teaching Physics 1430 (Mechanics) and Physics 2425 (Electricity and Magnetism), facilitating student learning in the classroom, and providing support for students in the Physics Help Center. LAs will also attend preparation sessions each week, and will be required to enroll in a physics course, Physics 4320 (Special Topics: Physics Pedagogy), taught by Dr. Eleanor Close. LAs commit between 5 and 10 hours a week to preparation and work in the classroom, with the option of more hours for grading and staffing the Physics Help Center. LAs are paid at a rate of $10.00 per hour, and upon completion of all of their obligations new LAs will also receive a $300 stipend. LAs are different from Laboratory Instructors in several ways: LAs assist faculty in the classroom, facilitate student interactions within the framework of research-based activities, and study and reflect on relevant discipline-based pedagogical research. Students from any major are welcome to apply to be Learning Assistants; the only prerequisite is successful completion of Physics 1430. (To serve as an LA in Physics 2425, students must have successfully completed both Physics 1430 and Physics 2425.) Applicants who are interested in the philosophy behind the Learning Assistant model can visit the page at
Colorado Learning Assistant Program
The deadline for application to the program is Friday December 7 at 5:00 PM. We predict more applicants than openings, so please complete the application carefully. Decisions regarding employment will be made by December 14.