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CSM Learning Assistants Program

The College of Science and Mathematics Learning Assistants program partners talented undergraduates (learning assistants or LAs) with faculty teaching large-enrollment science and math courses to create learner-centered classrooms that are conceptually driven, cognitively challenging, and authentic to the discipline. LAs primary responsibilities include working with small teams of students, either within a large-lecture class meeting, in recitation, or in office hours.

LA Experience
  1. Content: LAs will meet regularly with their faculty instructors to plan instruction, reflect on previous weeks, and analyze student assessment data.
  2. Practice: LAs will facilitate collaborative learning by providing multiple opportunities for formative assessment to both the students and instructor.
  3. Pedagogy: LAs from all departments will participate in a weekly, 1-credit Science of Learning seminar that explores evidenced-based instructional practices in undergraduate science and math courses.

LAs work approximately 6-8 hours per week (see below) during an academic semester and earn $1200.

  • Weekly meeting with faculty mentor (~1 hour)
  • Attending all class session of course for which you are an LA (3-5 hours)
  • Meeting with students outside of class (1-2 hours)
  • Providing feedback on student work or grading (1-2 hours)
  • Preparing for course as assigned by faculty mentor (1-2 hours)

IMPORTANT: NEW LAs are required to enroll in the 1-credit Science of Learning seminar (STEM 303), which meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:45 PM in Dunbar 152. In addition, NEW LAs must attend the LA Orientation, which is scheduled for 2:00-3:45 PM on Monday, January 11.

We are currently recruiting LAs for the Spring 2016 semester!

Are you interested in becoming an LA to improve student learning at NDSU? The application is available here.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jeff Boyer,

LA-supported courses for Spring 2016

InstructorCourseTitleMeeting timesLocation
DahlBIOL 111Concepts of BiologyTuTh, 9:30-10:45 AMGate City Bank Auditorium
Kissoon-CharlesBIOL 150General Biology IOnlineOnline
MomsenBIOL 151General Biology IITuTh, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PMSTEM 130/132
HodgsonBIOL 151General Biology IIWF, 9:30-10:45 AMSTEM 130/132
HodgsonBIOL 151General Biology IITuTh, 12:30-1:45 PMSTEM 130/132
KenyonBIOL 221Human Anatomy & Physiology IITuTh, 9:30-10:45 AMSTEM 122
KenyonBIOL 221Human Anatomy & Physiology IITuTh, 12:30-1:45 PMSTEM 122
HodgsonBIOL 270Antibiotic Drug DiscoveryTuTh, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMSTEM 208
ReedBIOL 270Antibiotic Drug DiscoveryTuTh, 12:30-2:30 PMSTEM 208
BowsherBIOL 359EvolutionTuTh, 11:00 AM - 12:15 PMSTEM 234
OfferdahlZOO 370Cell BiologyTuTh, 12:30-1:45 PMSTEM 234
ReindlZOO 380Vertebrate HistologyMF, 11:00-11:50 AM; W 11:00 AM - 12:50 PMSTEM 208
HeidingerZOO 464EndocrinologyTuTh, 9:30-10:45 AMSTEM 234
GillamZOO 476Wildlife Ecology & ManagementWF, 12:30-1:45 PMSTEM 218
NyachwayaCHEM 122General Chemistry IIMWF, 4:00-4:50 PMSTEM 112
RadermacherCSCI 160Computer Science IMTuWThF, 10:00-10:50 AMQBB 106/116
RadermacherCSCI 160Computer Science IMTuWThF, 2:00-2:50 PMQBB 106/116
RadermacherCSCI 160Computer Science IMTuWThF, 9:00-9:50 AMQBB 106/116
LatimerCSCI 161Computer Science II

MTuWThF, 11:00-11:50 AM

QBB 106/116
LatimerCSCI 161Computer Science IIMTuWThF, 12:00-12:50 PMQBB 106/116
LatimerCSCI 161Computer Science IIMTuWThF, 4:00-4:50 PMQBB 106/116
BuncherPHYS 212College Physics IITuTh, 2:00-3:15 PMSTEM 112
ChristensenPHYS 251University Physics IMWF, 11:00-11:50 AMSTEM 130/132
BuncherPHYS 251University Physics I tutorialsW, 2:00-4:20 PMSTEM 126
LadburyPSYC 111Introduction to PsychologyMWF, 12:00-12:50 PMGate City Bank Auditorium
Troop-GordonPSYC 250Developmental PsychologyMWF, 2:00-2:50 PMMinard 116
GordonPSYC 460Sensation and PerceptionMWF, 11:00-11:50 AMMinard 310
DeggesSTAT 330Introductory StatisticsTuTh, 11:00-11:50 AMMinard 116
ChaseSTAT 368StatisticsTuTh, 2:00-3:15 PMVan Es 101



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Last Updated: Friday, January 15, 2016 3:20:15 PM