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Formerly known as UGTA (Undergraduate Teaching Assistant) and/or LA (Learning Assistant)


The duties of a Undergraduate Course Assistant (UGCA) can vary from course to course; the experience for all UGCAs involves three related activities:

  1. Content: UGCAs meet weekly with their mathematics faculty instructor and Calclab Coordinator to plan for the upcoming week, reflect on the previous week, analyze assessment data and support Calculus Lab hours;
  2. Practice: UGCAs facilitate collaboration among learning teams of students by formatively assessing student understanding and asking guiding questions; UGCAs assist the faculty instructor and course TAs; 
  3. Pedagogy: UGCAs attend an orientation and a mandatory weekly meeting with the Calclab Coordinator, where they reflect on their own teaching and learning and make connections to relevant education practices.

criteria for selection of UGCA

  • Undergraduate majors who have received excellent grades in M408C and D and in any upper-division mathematics courses taken.
  • Undergraduate majors who have completed their Freshman year.

Eligibility Considerations/Requirements

  • Evidence of outstanding scholarship in M408C and D (or equivalent) and any upper-division mathematics courses taken.
  • Undergraduate assistants must be working toward their first degree and be registered for 12 hours in the semester in which they are employed. 
  • Students on Probation can not be hired, regardless of having high grades in Mathematics.
  • Students who have been held in violation of University Standards of Conduct may not be eligible.

Each student selected as a UGCA in the Mathematics Department may be asked questions to determine his/her proficiency in the course the student will assist.

All new UGCA's must present proof of eligibility for employment by completing Employee Onboarding Tasks in Workday. Tasks will be available for you to complete via Workday upon acceptance of employment. A criminal background check is conducted for all new university employees. 

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UGCA's will be appointed for different number of hours per week for up to 10 hours depending on such factors as class size, frequency and type of assistance required, etc.

Submit your application

Online Undergraduate Course Assistant Application Form

Please contact Peter Corrao if you have any questions regarding this application.