Texas Tech University

STEP Learning Assistants Program

About the STEP LA Program

As we celebrate our growth at Texas Tech, we remain mindful of our commitment to providing students with a personalized educational experience. To achieve our mission of effectively shrinking the lecture hall and providing Red Raiders with more individual attention for problem solving, the TLPDC is announcing the integration of STEP Program Learning Assistants into high enrollment STEM courses.

This program, modeled from the highly successful Learning Assistant Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will be customized to suit the needs of students and faculty at Texas Tech. Specifically, STEP LAs will lead learning communities and facilitate active-learning in large enrollment STEM courses. 

Click here to read the Texas Tech University LA Guidelines, prepared by the Office of the Provost and the TLPDC.

We surveyed students taking CHEM 1307.  Here are a few of their anonymous comments:

"I think the LAs help a lot in this class. They take the time to be patient and help you at the pace you need. I think that important in learning because when you actually understand the material it makes a difference rather than just rushing through it. I like how the LAs ask how you're doing and you can be honest with them and they're eager to help you out. They are great overall!" -CHEM 1307 Student

"I like the LAs. They are very helpful, especially if I want to ask a question not in front of the whole class. They help me with my mistakes, not just go over the right way to do it." -CHEM 1307 Student

"The LAs have been a great addition to this course because having someone to help work through the problem instead of just giving you the answer. Since we have the LAs, the class has slowed down and we are actually given time to work out problems and take better notes." -CHEM 1307 Student

Spring 2022 LA Courses:

ZOOL 2404 Anatomy and Physiology II

Are you interested in Physiology and/or Human Health?  We are looking for LAs who are interested in be a part of the educational team for this course.  LAs are fundamental in executing activities with a large group of students.  LAs will need to have earned a B or higher in Anatomy and Physiology  II; or a B or above in a comparable course (e.g., Comparative Physiology; Animal Physiology, etc.).  BIOL 1404 or 1402 desired, but NOT required.  If you think you might be qualified due to experience or other courses, please apply!  Once LAs are selected, students will enroll in BIOL 4301-079 [CRN: 47479] for course credit.

For full consideration please apply by November 29, 2021.  If you apply and need an answer due to scheduling issues, please mention this in the last question on the application.

To be a Learning Assistant students must be available to attend at the following section. LAs should not register for the course, however:

ZOOL 2404 - 001 - Face to Face - Dr. Breanna Harris: T/R 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Click here if you are interested in applying to be an A&P II LA.

MATH 1451 Calculus I

We are looking for LAs from any major who have successfully completed Calculus I, with an A or B and are interested in helping other students succeed. The Calculus LA project is aligned with the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program at Texas Tech, which offers $15,000 annually in financial support to students who are interested in completing a certificate to teach high school math and are committed to teach in a high-need school district. However, LAs for Calculus are not required to be future teachers. 

Math 1331 Introductory Mathematical Analysis II

The LA Program is expanding once again in Math!  We are looking for LAs from any major who have successfully completed Introductory Mathematical Analysis II or an equivalent course.  This course is also known as Business Calculus and an equivalent course could be Calculus I or higher.  

To be a Learning Assistant students must be available to attend at the following section. LAs should not register for the course, however:

MATH 1451-022 - Face to Face - Yancy Nunez: T/R 2:00 pm  -  3:50 pm 

MATH 1331-006 - Face to Face - Carol Williams: T/R 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Click here if you are interested in applying to be a Math LA.

BIOL 1404 - Biology II

 The Learning Assistants (LAs) Program is now expanding to Biology!  LAs will be in the Biology classroom.  We are looking for LAs that are majoring in Biological Sciences and have successfully earned an A or B in BIOL 1404 and are interested in helping other students succeed.  Once LAs are selected, students will enroll in BIOL 4300-071 [CRN: 31963] for course credit.

To be a Learning Assistant students should be available to attend one of the following sections.  LAs should not register for the course, however:

BIOL 1404 - 001 - Face to Face - Dr. Dylan Schwilk: M/W/F 9:00 am - 9:50 am

BIOL 1404 - 001 - Face to Face - Dr. Dylan Schwilk: M/W/F 10:00 am- 10:50 am

Click here if you are interested in applying to be a Biology II LA.

Interested in becoming a STEP Program Learning Assistant? What does an LA do?

STEP Program LAs will be expected to attend (not enroll) each class period, identified above (3 hrs./wk.) During class, LAs will help students solve and understand problems and questions that are posed in class. LAs will be provided with an iPad Pro to help them facilitate understanding via Face to Face, Zoom and/or Bb Collaborate. Each week, LAs will attend a 1 hour prep session, to be briefed on relevant content and pedagogical strategies. This session will also serve as a debrief from the previous week to help us reflect on the efficacy of our work and discuss ways to improve it. Finally, LAs will be expected to prepare for class (i.e. solve example problems, refresh familiarity with concepts) for approximately 1-2 hours per week outside of class.

Benefits:

  • Calculus LAs will receive a $700 scholarship
  • Apple iPad Pro will be checked out to you for the semester (Calculus LAs only)
  • Enhance your understanding of the content. This is great for improving performance in advanced courses or in preparing for standardized graduate admissions exams, like the MCAT or GRE.
  • Earn 2-3 hours of MATH 4000 credit toward your major. Contact Mr. Yancy Nunez
  • Earn 3 hours of BIOL 4301 (BIOL 4301 - 079 [CRN: 47479]).  Contact Dr. Breanna Harris
  • Earn 3 hours of BIOL 4300 (BIOL 4300 - 079 [CRN: 31963]). Contact Dr. Dylan Schwilk
  • Work directly with TTU Faculty

We are looking for students who:

  • Are STEM Majors
  • Enjoy interacting and learning with fellow students 
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (preferred)
  • Earned an A or B in the courses described above

Positions will be filled as needed.

If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Ken Griffith at ken.griffith@ttu.edu or Matt Saldana at matt.saldana@ttu.edu 

 

 

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