LA Applications for Spring 2017 will open soon. Check back on September 26.
Welcome to the LA Application page. Read on for information on qualifications, types of applications, and how to apply. If you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Qualifications for LA’s
The primary requirement is familiarity and success with the course, preferably with the course as taught by a particular instructor; so that the assistant can help with in-class activities, out-of-class tutoring, and other learning-focused responsibilities. (Note: LA coaches do not participate in grading.) Successful applicants are highly skilled communicators who meet a strict set of qualifications:
- Grade of A- or A in the assigned course
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
The successful applicant’s schedule must be open during the class meeting time for the course.
The primary requirement is knowledge of content, so that the assistant can help with grading (assuming a rubric), feedback on writing, and/or specialized software or virtual labs. The student may also be asked to assist with coaching responsibilities as part of the assigned work. Successful applicants are highly skilled, advanced students who meet a strict set of qualifications:
- Grade of A in the assigned course
- GPA of 3.3 or higher
- Senior (and in some cases junior) standing
Unless negotiated otherwise, the successful applicant’s schedule must be open during the class meeting time for the course.
Types of Applications
There are two types of applications: “general pool” and “matched with verbal agreement from instructor.”
- General Pool: Student submits application without being matched; College places qualified student where needed
- Matched: Faculty member and student establish mutual verbal agreement that they would like to work together; student submits “matched” application
With either type of application, no jobs are guaranteed until Notification of Offer email messages are made to the student (typically two weeks prior to the start of the semester). In general, matched applications are more likely to yield an offer.
How to Apply for an LA Position
Depending on the type of position and context surrounding your application, you may encounter 1, 2 or 3 parts of the application process. For each position, only complete the necessary parts of the application.
- LA Coach – Part 1
- LA Tech Support/Grader
- For Credit – Part 1
- For Wages – Parts 1 & 2
- Either Coach or Tech Support/Grader – Parts 1 & 2
- General Pool – Parts 1, 2 & 3
More information on part 3 will be made available in October for students who have applied to the general pool.
PART 1: Fill out the LA Application (link coming soon)
PART 2: Fill out the Penn State Jobs Application