Learning Assistant Program

LA Program Overview

This innovative program engages undergraduates in classroom teaching and learning while helping them develop their teaching, leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills. At Rutgers-New Brunswick, the LA Program is a partnership between the Learning Centers and several academic departments. The program follows an internationally recognized model developed at the University of Colorado and is a member of the International Learning Assistant Alliance

For faculty seeking more information about the LA Program, click here.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the role of a Learning Assistant?
  • Assist in the classroom through various means: facilitating discussions and workshops during lectures, team-teaching recitation or laboratory sections with a graduate teaching assistant, or independently leading supplemental study groups or recitations.
  • LAs lead and facilitate discussion with small groups of students in lectures, recitations, labs, or study group sessions and are assigned to about 160 minutes of contact time with students each week during the semester (exact time may vary based on assignment). 
Is this a paid position?
  • LAs are paid a stipend of up to $1,500 each semester they participate in the LA Program.
Do LAs receive training or professional development?
  • LAs must co-enroll in a 3-credit, 300-level pedagogy course (Pedagogy of Peer-Led Instruction) only during their first semester as an LA
    • In the pedagogy course, LAs are trained to facilitate learning and engage students in scientific discourse, rather than act as experts who have knowledge that needs to be transmitted to the student. Course topics include learning theory, cooperative learning, questioning techniques, and activity design.
  • LAs participate in peer leader trainings through the Learning Centers each semester during their participation with the LA Program, including on-going professional development workshops.
  • LAs receive feedback on their teaching through observations and student surveys to help them improve teaching methods. 
What other responsibilities do LAs have?
  • LAs must attend weekly staff meetings led by faculty teaching the course.
  • LAs will be expected to participate in the assessment of this program through sporadic interviews and questionnaires. The data from these assessments will help the Learning Centers improve and further develop this program and explore additional ways to provide academic support for our students.
  • LAs are also part of a larger community of teachers and learners at Rutgers. To foster a sense of community, they will be invited to participate in many events including seminars, conferences, social events, and planning sessions. LAs are important members of the development team and their comments and involvement are essential to the improvement and success of the Program.
What are the benefits of becoming a Learning Assistant?
  • Participation in the program helps LAs develop communication and group facilitation skills.
  • LAs will have a unique opportunity to work closely with faculty and staff in their fields. 
  • LAs will have a unique opportunity to meet and work with other students, and to help other students succeed in their courses.
  • There are also various campus opportunities to become involved in the university learning community through participation in the LA Program.
Who can be a a Learning Assistant?

Candidates should be in good academic standing, and have successfully completed the course for which they will serve as a Learning Assistant. The ability to work with small groups and good administrative skills are required.

What courses are available?

A list of current courses we are partnering with is listed on the Student Application Page.

Where can I find more information about other Learning Assistant Programs?

 

If you are a student interested in applying to the LA Program, click here.

 

Contact Us 

For more information email the LA Program at: learningassistants@echo.rutgers.edu

To contact a specific staff member, click here.

 

If you are currently a LA (or if you were an LA in the past), please provide us with your current contact information so that we can maintain our alumni database records. (Note: the password to complete the contact info survey is "laprogram".)