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Campus Initiatives - Maine Learning Assistants

Two Maine Learning Assistants engaged in conversation in classroom

The Maine Learning Assistant (MLA) Program is modeled after a highly successful program developed at the University of Colorado at Boulder with the purpose of strengthening instruction in undergraduate STEM courses.  MLAs serve as peer instructors, facilitating group work and assisting faculty as they transform their course to incorporate more interactive-engagement and student-centered instruction.  MLAs learn to use innovative, research-based instructional strategies, develop relevant pedagogical skills, deepen their content understanding, and have the opportunity to explore their interest in STEM teaching, while participating in a vibrant community of peers and faculty.

Maine Learning Assistants engaged in conversation in classroom activity

MLAs are paid a stipend ($1000 per semester) to work approximately 10 hours per week to assist with instruction in large-enrollment science or math courses. Specific responsibilities include: (1) Assisting the lead instructor and TAs in the classroom and/or recitation sections, (2) Preparing for instructional duties, and (3) Participating in a one-credit STEM Education Seminar that meets once per week.  (Tuition is paid by MainePSP; associated fees are the responsibility of the student.  Click here for information about in-state and out-of-state fees.)


We are now accepting applications for Fall 2017 MLAs!
For a list of Fall MLA courses and to apply, go to

Join us for the Fall MLA Open House on Thursday April 6th at 6 pm in Estabrooke 130!

QUESTIONS? For more information, send inquiries to Erin Vinson at erin.vinson(at)

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