Physics Learning Assistant Application, Returning Applicants, Spring 2013

Thank you for your interest in continuing as a Physics Learning Assistant (LA). In Spring 2013, 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 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.

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.

* 1. Last Name

* 2. First Name

* 3. Texas State ID

* 4. Texas State e-mail

* 5. What is/are your major(s) and minor(s)?

* 6. Are you planning on, or possibly interested in, completing a physics major or minor? Describe your current level of interest in the major or minor (e.g., “I am planning to major in physics,” or “I might add the physics minor if I can fit it into my degree plan in mathematics”).

* 7. Why do you want to continue to be an LA?

* 8. What is your opinion of your performance as an LA this semester?

* 9. What is your opinion of your performance in the LA Pedagogy course (Physics 4320)?

* 10. What have you learned from being an LA so far? Give two examples of things you have learned to do as a result of your participation in the program; give two examples of things you have become aware of, through your participation in the program, that you would like to learn to do.

* 11. Are you considering working in an education-related field after graduation? (E.g., K-12 teacher, informal education (science museum); curriculum development; educational software development; university faculty; industrial training; …) Please describe.

* 12. All Learning Assistants are required to attend preparation sessions each Friday from 12:00 PM - 1:50 PM. We understand that students’ schedules may change before school starts in January. If you know you will not be available for these required preparation sessions, please apply again in April for Fall 2013, or consider applying for a Physics Lab Instructor position.

* 13. In which sections of PHYS1430 or PHYS2425 do you expect you would be able to work? (Check all that apply)

* 14. How many hours per week do you think you will be available to work?

* 15. How many hours per week would you like to work (in your ideal schedule)?

* 16. What is your expected graduation date?

* 17. What is your current Texas State GPA?

* 18. Please indicate the grade you earned in each of these classes.

  A B C D F W I have not taken this class I am currently enrolled in this class Other
Physics 1430 (Mechanics)
Physics 2425 (Electricity and Magnetism)
Physics 2435 (Waves and Heat)
Math 2471 (Calculus I)
Math 2472 (Calculus II)
Math 3373 (Calculus III)

* 19. Please comment briefly on the grades you entered above. In particular, if you checked “currently enrolled” for any of the classes listed, please predict your final grade. If you checked "Other" for any of the classes listed, please explain. You can comment on trends (e.g., if your grades are getting better or worse) or anomalies (e.g., if one grade stands out as especially low or high), or anything else that you think needs to be explained. If you would like to mention grades in classes not listed above, you may do that here as well.

* 20. What ideas do you have for a career for yourself? Give at least two practical ideas (as in, branch manager at a bank, or high school band director) and at least one fantasy idea (as in, circus clown or news anchor). What is a fantasy for one person might be practical for another. Please explain.

Thank you for applying to the Physics Learning Assistant program. You will hear something from us by December 14.