LA Applications for Fall 2016 are open from March 30 through April 25.
The LA Program is under review this semester. Committees of faculty and of students are meeting to determine what sort of LA responsibilities are eligible for pay vs. credit. Before applying, please be sure to read the following explanation of what is likely to happen regarding compensation.
Until the LA Program review is completed, we will not know whether positions will be compensated with pay or credit. We ask that you indicate your preferences on the application, given the tentative guidelines detailed below.
It is likely that:
- First time LA’s who are not on the graduation list may receive 3 credits to count as support of option:
- 1 credit of IST 297B as compensation for participating in the short training course.
- 2 credits of independent study for working between 5 and 10 hours per week, on average, in an LA position.
- First time LA’s who are on the graduation list and experienced LA’s who are on the graduation list may be able to opt for credit, pay, or a combination of both
- Experienced LA’s not on the graduation list may or may not be able to opt for pay, depending on the particular responsibilities that they are assigned (this is currently under discussion among faculty and a Learning Assistant committee)
Therefore, first time LA’s not on the graduation list should select “credit” when asked about compensation. Others should indicate their preference. We hope to be able to accommodate preferences. We will be in touch to confirm the form of compensation before offers are finalized.
If you have questions about compensation, contact email@example.com.
Please be aware of three additional things: qualifications, types of applications, and how to apply.
You must have earned at least an “A-” in a course in order to be considered for an LA position in that course. Alternatively, if you do not qualify in this way, an instructor may still recommend that she or he would like to work with you, and then your application will be considered for that instructor in his or her course only.
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).
How to Apply for an LA Position
Students wishing to apply to be an LA should complete the IST LA application (part 1) AND the PSU job application (part 2) so that we have all the information that we would need to compensate you either with credit or with wages. You will be informed at a later date of how you would be compensated.
PART 1: Fill out the LA Application
PART 2: Fill out the Penn State Jobs Application
- Under Job Search: Fill in following search criteria
- Job Location: University Park Campus
- Job Type: Part Time and/or Temporary Jobs
- Keywords: Job #62578
- Click: Search for Jobs
- Find and Click: Learning Assistant Job Title
- Click: Apply To This Job
- Click: Login to WebAccess
- Click: Yes, I am sure!
- Choose: Job Announcement Source
- Fill in: Employment Application
- Upload: Resume/CV
- Click: Save & Done (This step will submit application)
You will receive the following message to know you’ve successfully completed this part of the application:
Employment Application Submitted Successfully. Thank you for completing the application form. You may select an option on the left to continue your job search.