The University of Iowa

Learning Assistant Program

Learning Assistant Program

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 2021, facilitating will involve helping students navigate through recorded lectures and Think Tasks via Zoom. Learning Assistant positions are available for CHEM:1070 General Chemistry I, CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I, and CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry II.

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

Why be a Learning Assistant?

-Develop skills in effectively facilitating collaborative learning environments

-Solidify foundational knowledge in chemistry

-Receive 3 hours of elective credit

-For applicants who are honors students, serving as a Learning Assistant is an experience for which you are eligible to earn up to three (3) honors experiential learning credits in addition to the semester-hour course credits you can earn by serving as a Learning Assistant.

  • More information about the Honors experiential learning credit process can be found here: https://honors.uiowa.edu/experientiallearning; and after landing on this page, scroll down to the Teaching Assistantship/Learning Assistantship tab.
  • Questions regarding Honors experiential learning credit should be directed to Andy Willard at andrew-willard@uiowa.edu.


Current LAs have said:  

"Being an LA has increased my confidence in sharing the knowledge I have. I can instantly
reconstruct course content to support student understanding."

"The LA role inspired confidence in my public speaking skills and gave me the opportunity
to work on my leadership skills to eventually put on graduate school applications."

LA for General Chemistry I

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

-One of the following must be met:

  • Received a B or higher in CHEM:1070 General Chemistry I (If currently completing the course, the LA offer will be contingent on receiving a B or higher) OR
  • Received a B or higher in CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I (If currently completing the course, the LA offer will be contingent on receiving a B or higher) 

-3.00 UI Cumulative GPA 


ROLE REQUIREMENTS

-Attend pre-semester Learning Assistant Training on Wednesday, August 18th and Thursday, August 19th (in-person or Zoom format TBD)

-Attend your assigned lectures to facilitate activities (three 50 minutes lectures per week).

  • General Chemistry I CHEM:1070 lecture options occur Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at:
    • 9:30 AM - 10:20 AM  OR
    • 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM  OR
    • 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

-Attend a once-a-week, 75-minute pedagogy course covering such topics as metacognition, effective study strategies, and creating inclusive learning environments.

  • Pedagogy course day/time options include:
    • Tuesdays 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM  OR
    • Wednesdays 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM  OR
    • Thursdays 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

-Attend a once-a-week, prep meeting with faculty. In-person vs Zoom format TBD.

  • Meetings occur Mondays 3:30PM-4:20PM OR Thursdays 12:30PM-1:20PM

-Students should anticipate spending 6 to 8 hours a week on the Learning Assistant role

 

LA for Principles of Chemistry I

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

-Received a B or higher in CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I (If currently completing the course, the LA offer will be contingent on receiving a B or higher) 

-3.00 UI Cumulative GPA 
 

ROLE REQUIREMENTS

-Attend pre-semester Learning Assistant Training on Wednesday, August 18th and Thursday, August 19th (in-person or Zoom format TBD)

-Attend your assigned lectures to facilitate activities (three 50 minutes lectures per week).

  • Principles of Chemistry I CHEM:1110 lecture options occur Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at:
    • 8:30AM-9:20AM OR
    • 10:30AM-11:20AM OR
    • 11:30AM-12:20PM

-Attend a once-a-week, 75-minute pedagogy course covering such topics as metacognition, effective study strategies, and creating inclusive learning environments,

  • Pedagogy course day/time options include:
    • Tuesdays 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Wednesdays 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    • Thursdays 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

-Attend a once-a-week, prep meeting with faculty. In-person vs Zoom format TBD.

  • Meetings occur Mondays 4:30 PM - 5:20 PM OR Thursdays 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

-Students should anticipate spending 6 to 8 hours a week on the Learning Assistant role

LA for Principles of Chemistry II

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

-Received a B or higher in CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry II (If currently completing the course, the LA offer will be contingent on receiving a B or higher) 

-Due to recent changes in course design, one of the following criteria must be met for eligibility.

  • Taken CHEM:1120 during the Spring 2021 semester OR 
  • Earned a B- or higher in CHEM:2210 Organic Chemistry I 

-3.00 UI Cumulative GPA 
 

ROLE REQUIREMENTS

-Attend pre-semester Learning Assistant Training on Wednesday, August 18th and Thursday August 19th (in-person or Zoom format TBD)

-Attend your assigned lectures to facilitate activities (three 50 minutes lectures per week).

  • Principles of Chemistry II CHEM:1120 lecture options occur Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at:
    • 8:30 AM - 9:20 AM OR
    • 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

-Attend a once-a-week, 75-minute pedagogy course covering such topics as metacognition, effective study strategies, and creating inclusive learning environments.

  • Pedagogy course day/time options include:
    • Tuesdays 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
    • Wednesdays 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    • Thursdays 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Attend a once-a-week, prep meeting with faculty. In-person vs Zoom format TBD.

  • Meetings occur Mondays 3:30PM-4:20PM OR Thursdays 12:30PM-1:20PM

Students should anticipate spending 6 to 8 hours a week on the Learning Assistant role
 

How to Apply

-Applications are due Thursday, July 1, 2021 at noon.

-If you would like to view the application questions to prepare for completing and submitting the application, you can find a PDF here:  PDF iconFall 21 LA Application

-Apply here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8kKp4exT7sfylRY

-Questions? Contact Dusty Persinger at dusty-persinger@uiowa.edu