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Learning Assistants Program

**Apply to be an LA for Fall 2022 NOW! (see below)**


The Learning Assistants program partners talented undergraduates with faculty teaching large-enrollment 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.

Essential Elements of the LA Experience
  1. Student-LA interactions: facilitate small group learning and provide feedback to students.
  2. Weekly LA-instructor meetings: meet with faculty mentor (course instructor) to review previous class sessions and plan for upcoming sessions.
  3. Science of Learning seminar: learn how undergraduates learn, practice communication and interaction skills, and explore evidence-based instructional practices.
What do LAs do?

LAs work approximately 7.5 hours per week (see below) during an academic semester and can earn up to $1200.

  • Attend class sessions (2-4 hours, depending on course), which may include:
    • Facilitating student discussions and other small group learning activities
    • Assisting instructor with administrative tasks
    • Providing feedback to students and instructor
  • Participate in weekly LA-instructor meetings with faculty mentor (1 hour)
  • Meet with students outside of class in office hours or during help/review sessions (1-2 hours)
  • Provide feedback on student work or score assignments/exams (1-2 hours)
  • Prepare for course as assigned by faculty mentor or review course content (1-2 hours)

IMPORTANT: ALL LAs should attend the LA Orientation, which will be scheduled at a later date. Location: TBD

IMPORTANT: NEW LAs are required to enroll in the 1-credit Science of Learning seminar (STEM 303, class #7906), which meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:45p in AgHill 326. In addition, NEW LAs should attend the New LA Orientation, which will be scheduled at a later date. Location: TBD

Apply to be an LA for the Fall 2022 NOW!

Are you interested in becoming an LA to improve student learning at NDSU? Awesome!! Please submit an application HERE. The classes and times for courses using LAs in the fall are listed below. It may be helpful to review them with your course schedule before you start the application. Please be sure you are available for ALL meeting times for a course BEFORE you apply to serve as an LA.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Warren Christensen at

LA-supported courses for Fall 2022

Booth BIOL 126: Human Biology TuTh 11:00a-12:15p
Hodgson BIOL 150: General Biology I TuTh 9:30-10:45a
Biology Staff BIOL 150: General Biology I TuTh 12:30-1:45p
Biology Staff BIOL 150: General Biology I MW 8:00-9:15a
Smith BIOL 150: General Biology I MW 11:00a-12:15p
Biology Staff BIOL 220L: Human Anatomy and Physiology LAB Various Times* (see below)
Heidinger BIOL 359: Evolution TuTh 9:30-10:45a
Dochtermann BIOL 364: Ecology MW 11:00a-12:15p
Kim BIOL 370: Cell Biology TuTh 11:00a-12:15p
Aldrich-Wolfe BIOL 461: Plant Ecology MW 12:30-1:45p
Gillam BIOL 463: Animal Behavior MW 9:30-10:45a
Reindl BIOL 464: Endocrinology TuTh 9:30-10:45a
Kilina CHEM 121: General Chemistry I MWF 1:00-1:50p
Kureczko MATH 144-01: Mathematics for Business MWF 10:00-10:50a
Kureczko MATH 144-02: Mathematics for Business MWF 1:00-1:50p
Kureczko MATH 146-01: Applied Calculus I MWF 3:00-3:50p
Math Staff MATH 165: Calculus I Recitation TuTh 12:30-1:20p
Math Staff MATH 165: Calculus I Recitation TuTh 2:00-2:50p
Math Staff MATH 165: Calculus I Recitation TuTh 8:00-8:50a
Striker MATH 266: Introduction to Differential Equations MWF 1:00-1:50p
Buncher PHYS 212: College Physics II TuTh 11:00-12:15p
Denton PHYS 251: University Physics I MWF 10:00-10:50a and W 9:00-9:50a
Kryjevskaia PHYS 252: University Physics II M 11-12:50p and WF 11:00-11:50a
Wissman PSYC 111: Intro to Psychology TuTh 9:30-10:45a
Duggan PSYC 250: Developmental Psychology TuTh 9:30-10:45a

*There are currently 18 sections of BIOL 220L offered at various times.  Each LA for this class will be assigned 3 2-hour lab sections that they must attend. LA schedules will be designed to fit student class schedules, and in consultation with Professor Kenyon.

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