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Instructional Learning Assistant/Undergraduate Remedial Tutor Fall 2023

Position overview

Position title: Instructional Learning Assistant/Undergraduate Remedial Tutor - Fall 2023
Salary range: 25.42
Percent time: 25%
Anticipated start: 8/16/2023
Review timeline: May 3 - August 11, 2023
Position duration: Fall 2023

Application Window

Open date: April 11, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Aug 2, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Aug 11, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

An Instructional Learning Assistant works with groups of students on challenging course materials during class time. This undergraduate student has recently taken the course they will be working in and works as a bridge between students and faculty. An Instructional Learning Assistant is responsible for interacting with students and managing in class discussions. This job is ideal for someone who is a good listener and communicator, wants to help others learn, interested in learning more about teaching and/or pursuing a career in teaching, wants to learn course content more deeply, and wants to work with graduate students and faculty to transform STEM classrooms.

Key Responsibilities:
• Facilitate discussion with groups of students in lecture by asking questions to help students learn material
• Attend weekly meetings with course instructor and TAs to prepare for sessions
• Working as a newly-hired LA requires you to enroll in a 2-credit, weekly teaching seminar course, typically scheduled for Wednesdays 6-7:15pm.

Fall 2023 LA-Supported Courses Include:
• MATH 005: Preparatory Calculus
• MATH 021: Calculus I for Physical Sciences and Engineering
• MATH 022: Calculus II for Physical Sciences and Engineering
• BIO 011 (formerly Bio 002): Introduction to Molecular Biology
• CHEM 001: Preparatory Chemistry
• CHEM 002: General Chemistry I
• CHEM 008: Principles of Organic Chemistry
• CHEM 010: General Chemistry II
• PHYS 008: Introductory Physics I for Physical Sciences
• PHYS 009: Introductory Physics II for Physical Sciences
• PHYS 018: Introductory Physics I for Biological Sciences
• PHYS 019: Introductory Physics II for Biological Sciences

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. The applicable deadline for student employees is the deadline for students. For students starting or returning to campus after Fall 2021, the deadline is the first date of instruction for the term when they first enroll. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)


Basic qualifications
  • Desire to help students succeed
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at UC Merced
  • Has completed course assigned and earned a B- or higher
  • GPA 2.7 or higher
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Awareness and sensitivity to individual learning styles and student needs
  • Ability to apply study strategies, organizational skills, & time management in sessions
Preferred qualifications
  • Experience with tutoring or mentoring
  • Interested in pursuing a teaching career

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV or resume.

  • Cover Letter - Please include the following in your cover letter:

    UC Merced Student ID
    Have you previously worked as LA at this program? If yes, what semester and for what courses?
    Why would you like to become a Learning Assistant?
    What motivated you to apply for this position?
    Which course/s are you interested in assisting (see list under "Job Description")? You may choose more than one but, please, include a ranking of preference.
    Briefly describe an experience in which you helped someone learn something. This could be in any context: related to study groups, hobbies, at work, sports, home, etc.

  • Unofficial Transcript - Your most recently updated UC Merced unofficial transcript.

  • Weekly Schedule Fall 2023 - If available, you may choose to provide a weekly schedule showing your available hours to work as LA during Spring 2023.


  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 required (contact information only)


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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With over 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, California