LA Application and Expectations

Expectations and Responsibilities

Being an LA is a craft that requires skill, preparation, and practice. In addition to being prepared, open-minded, and excited to work with students, LAs have a number of other responsibilities and expectations. You will find below a description of these roles and responsibilities. Being an LAs is rewarding, but it requires time and commitment. Make sure you understand what is expected of you.

LAs are responsible for:

  1. Maintaining a sense of professionalism. This includes: being on time for class and related meetings, adhering to a casual yet professional dress code, and remaining engaged with students throughout class.
  2. Preparing individually for next class and going over the content (1-hour a week)
  3. Participating in planning meetings (1-2 hours a week) with the lead professor and the other LAs. This meeting will prepare everyone for class.
  4. Completing successfully the LA Seminar (SMT 3931) with an A in their first semester of LA work.
  5. Promoting a safe learning environment where students feel accepted and included in class.

LA Applications

You can apply to work as an LA for any semester, Fall and/or Spring. During the summer semester, only Returning LAs are eligible to work due to LA Seminar not being offered.

Make sure to have the following ready:

  • Be sure that you will have at least 8 hours of available time for your work as an LA
  • You must be enrolled in at least 6 credits the semester you’ll be an LA for.
  • You must not have more than 20 hours a week of FIU employment, including your LA work
  • If you are an international student, you must have an SSN before you can be employed as an LA. Please contact the ISSS office for assistance.

Below there are two applications you can submit.

The New LA Application

This application is for LAs that have never worked as an LA before and/or have never taken the LA Seminar.

You can submit your application as a New LA HERE.

The Returning LA Application

This application is for LAs that have worked as an LA before and successfully (a B grade or higher) completed the LA Seminar.

You can submit your application as a Returning LA HERE.

Application Timeline

Make sure to note the following important dates:

Important EventsDate
LA applications (new and returning) openSeptember 27th, 2021
Contact your professors about your interest in LA-ing for their course and let them know you’ve applied
Virtual LA Information Session for students interested in LA-ing for the first time.

Zoom Meeting ID: 965 9060 0491
Password: LA2021
October 14th, 2021 3:30-4:30 via Zoom
LA Application DeadlineOctober 18th, 2021
Interviews with faculty for selected applicants*Ongoing until all positions filled.