Faculty course modification Incentive Grant-Maine Learning Assistant Program

The application for Fall 2018 undergraduate Maine Learning Assistant is now open!

Apply today at https://umaine.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eFoItX89ajyxsix.

Application review will begin on April 9, 2018 and continue until all positions are filled.


The FIG-MLA program

  • improves the quality of undergraduate STEM education,
  • promotes research-based teaching,
  • prepares talented STEM majors for careers in teaching,
  • encourages institutional change in the way STEM courses are taught

The FIG-MLA Program aims to strengthen instruction and learning outcomes in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses.  The program is a part of the Learning Assistant Alliance, an international collaboration with over 200 member institutions.  The FIG-MLA program is modeled after the highly successful program developed at the University of Colorado Boulder. The program began in 2012 under a large grant awarded to the RiSE Center through the National Science Foundation’s Math and Science Partnership program.  Due to the demonstrated effectiveness of the FIG-MLA program, it is now funded through the University of Maine. Since the successful initiative’s start, 38 instructors with 37 courses in 14 departments have received awards. In addition, 236 undergraduate students have been hired as MLAs in STEM classes.

STEM instructors submit grant proposals for modifying a course to include more evidence-based and student-centered teaching strategies, such as the use of clicker questions, collaborative group work, think-pair-share, and others.  Proposals include the use of undergraduate Maine Learning Assistants (MLAs) in the class to help instructors implement course modifications.

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.

Click here for the 2016-17 Program Report!

Current and Past FIG-MLA Instructors and Courses

Batuski-newDavid Batuski
AST 109
George Bernhardt
PHY 121/122
Professor Ian Bricknell headshotIan Bricknell
SMS 422 
Professor Alice Bruce HeadshotAlice Bruce
CHY 121/122
David ClarkDavid Clark
PHY 121/122
Farahad DastoorFarahad Dastoor
BIO 100/200
Professor Bill DeSisto headshot William DeSisto
CHB 112
Professor Paula Drewniany headshotPaula Drewniany
MAT 126/127

Brett Ellis
MET 320 
Nuri EmanetogluNuri Emanetoglu
ECE 343
Brian Frederick
CHY 472 
Professor Torsten Hahmann headshotTorsten Hahmann
COS 250 
Heather HamlinHeather Hamlin
SMS 422
Professor Keith Hutchison headshotKeith Hutchison
BMB 155
gerbiChristopher Gerbi
ERS 151 
Professor Billy Jackson headshot Billy Jackson
Joshua Kelley
BMB 322
Picture of Professor Jon Kreps holding a vial of liquidJonathan Kreps
CHY 121/122
Karl Kreutz Karl Kreutz
ERS 201
Sara Lindsay
SMS 201
Natalie Machamer
CHY 251

Jean MacRae
CIE 331 
Professor Sally Molloy HeadshotSally Molloy
BMB 155
Balunkeswar Nayak
FSN 330
Sarah Nelson
EES 100

Amanda Olsen
ERS 102
PelletreauKaren Pelletreau
BIO 100
RawsonPaul Rawson
SMS 300

Katharine Ruskin
EES 100
Professor Michelle Smith headshotMichelle Smith
BIO 350 
MacKenzie Stetzer MacKenzie Stetzer
PHY 121/122
PHY 441
Mindi Summers
BIO 465
Kristy Townsend
BIO 307
BIO 480/483
Jennifer Tyne
MAT 103/116/126
Professor Peter vanWlasum headshotPeter van Walsum
CHE 386
SWalton-300x203Sara Walton
CHE 350
Todd Zoroya headshotTodd Zoroya
MAT 122