The University of Iowa

Learning Assistant Program

Learning Assistant Program

Academic Support & Retention is excited to launch the Learning Assistant Program in Fall 2020! Learning Assistants are undergraduate students who, with training and support, help faculty facilitate activities during class sessions to increase active collaboration and participation to improve student learning. For fall, we are seeking applicants to serve as Learning Assistants for CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry 1.

See below for more information. You can also click here to learn about the three main components of the Learning Assistant Model: PDF iconLA Model Handout

Why be a Learning Assistant?

-Develop skills in effectively facilitating collaborative learning environments

-Solidify foundational knowledge in a specific discipline area

-Receive 2 hours of elective credit

-Fulfills “Honors Teaching Practicum” for the University of Iowa Honors Program

-Students in Learning Assistant roles have said the experience built their leadership, social, and communication skills and overall confidence

Eligibility Requirements

-Earned a B or higher in CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry 1

-3.00 University of Iowa Cumulative GPA

LA for Principles of Chemistry I Role Requirements

-Attend initial training day on Sunday, August 23rd, 2020 (specific time TBD)

-Attend each week’s lectures for your section of Principles of Chemistry I to facilitate activities

-Attend a 1 hour prep meeting each week with faculty/TAs on Mondays 5:00-5:50 PM or Fridays 12:30-1:30 PM

-Attend a once a week, 75 minute course “Pedagogy: Creating Collaborative Learning Environments.”

  • Three session times will be offered for enrollment:
  1. Tuesdays 2-3:15 PM
  2. Wednesdays 3:30-4:45 PM
  3. Thursdays 12:30-1:45 PM
How to Apply

Apply Here:

Questions? Contact Dusty Persinger at