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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.  (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.)

Student Application:

Positions for fall 2014 have been filled.  Please check back here in late October to apply for the spring 2015 semester. 

QUESTIONS? For more information, send inquiries to MLA_Program@umit.maine.edu.  AND Come to the MLA Open House: Thursday, March 23, 4:30-6pm, Hill Auditorium (165 Barrows Hall)!

Fall 2014 Courses with MLAs: 

  • BIO 100 Basic Biology
  • CHE 386 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
  • CHY 121 Introduction to Chemistry
  • ECE 342 Electronics I
  • MAT 122 Precalculus
  • MAT 126 Calculus I
  • PHY 121 Physics for Engineers & Physical Scientists I
  • PHY 441 Physical Electronics Laboratory
  • SMS 300 Marine Ecology
  • SMS 422 Biology of Fishes


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