Faculty course modification Incentive Grant-Maine Learning Assistant Program

The application for Spring 2019 undergraduate Maine Learning Assistants is now online.  Apply today at http://bit.ly/Spring2019MLA

Please join us for the Maine Learning Assistant Open House to learn more about the program and to meet MLAs and faculty!  The Open House is Thursday, November 1st from 5-6 pm in Estabrooke Room 130.

Application review will begin on November 15, 2018 and continue until all positions are filled.

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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

Instructors Courses
David Batuski AST 109 Introduction to Astronomy
Edward Bernard BMB 300 General Microbiology
George Bernhardt PHY 121 Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists I
PHY 122 Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists II
Joline Blais NMD 106 Time-Based Media
Ian Bricknell* SMS 422 Biology of Fishes
Alice Bruce CHY 122 General Chemistry II
Kristina Cammen INT 308 Ecology and Conservation of Marine Mammals
 David Clark* PHY 121 Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists I
PHY 122 Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists II
Farahad Dastoor BIO 100 Basic Biology
BIO 200 Biology of Organisms
William DeSisto* CHB 112 Introduction to Chemical Engineering Calculations II
Sally Dixon Molloy BMB 155 Genome Discovery: From DNA to Genes
Paula Drewniany MAT 122 Pre-Calculus
MAT 126 Calculus I
MAT 127 Calculus II
Brett Ellis MET 320 Six Sigma
Nuri Emanetoglu* ECE 342 Electronics I
Saima Farooq PHY 121 Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists I
PHY 122 Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists II
Christopher Gerbi* ERS 151 Experiencing Earth
Torsten Hahmann  COS 250 Discrete Structures
Heather Hamlin* SMS 422 Biology of Fishes
Billy Jackson*  MAT 126 Calculus I
Joshua Kelley BMB 322 Biochemistry
Jon Kreps* CHY 121 General Chemistry I
CHY 122 General Chemistry II
 Karl Kreutz* ERS 201 Global Environmental Change
Sarah Lindahl CHY 122 General Chemistry II
Sara Lindsay SMS 201 Marine Organisms
Natalie Machamer* CHY 251 Organic Chemistry I
Jean MacRae CIE 331 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
Ayesha Maliwal MAT 116 Introduction to Calculus
Julia McGuire BIO 100 Basic Biology
BIO 200 Biology of Organisms
Balunkeswar Nayak FSN 330 Introduction to Food Science
Sarah Nelson EES 100 Human Population and the Global Environment
Amanda Olsen ERS 102 Environmental Geology
Paul Rawson SMS 300 Marine Ecology
Katharine Ruskin EES 100 Human Population and the Global Environment
Michelle Smith* BIO 350 Concepts and Applications of Genetics
MacKenzie Stetzer PHY 121 Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists I
PHY 122 Physics for Engineers and Physical Scientists II
PHY 262 Electronics
Mindi Summers* BIO 465 Evolution
Ek Han Tan BIO 350 Concepts and Applications of Genetics
Kristy Townsend BIO 307 Introduction to Neuroscience
BIO 480 Cell Biology
Jennifer Tyne MAT 103 Algebraic Models*
MAT 116 Introduction to Calculus
MAT 126 Calculus I*
Peter van Walsum* CHE 386 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
Sara Walton* CHE 350 Statistical Processes
Todd Zoroya MAT 122 Pre-Calculus