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Department of Physics

Welcome from the Physics Department at Texas State University in beautiful San Marcos, TX

On this site you will find information about degree programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as information regarding facilities and ongoing research projects. Please explore our site and if you require additional information there is a form that you can fill out here.

Apply to be a Learning Assistant for the Fall 2015 Semester!

The physics department is seeking students who are interested in being Learning Assistants for fall, 2015.


LAs assist with the instructional mission of the physics department by working with faculty who are teaching Physics 1430 (Mechanics) Physics 2425 (Electricity and Magnetism), and Physics 2435 (Waves and Heat), facilitating student learning in the classroom, and providing support for students in the Physics Help Center. LAs will also attend preparation sessions each week, and new LAs will be required to enroll in a physics course, Physics 3210 (Physics Cognition and Pedagogy), taught by Dr. Eleanor Close. LAs commit between 5 and 10 hours a week to preparation and work in the classroom, with the option of more hours for grading and staffing the Physics Help Center. LAs are paid at a rate of $10.00 per hour. LAs are different from Laboratory Instructors in several ways: LAs assist faculty in the classroom, facilitate student interactions within the framework of research-based activities, and study and reflect on relevant discipline-based pedagogical research. Students from any major are welcome to apply to be Learning Assistants; the only prerequisite is successful completion of Physics 1430 (to serve as an LA in Physics 1430), both Physics 1430 and Physics 2425 (to serve as an LA Physics 2425), or all three introductory classes to serve as an LA in Physics 2435.  Applicants who are interested in the philosophy behind the Learning Assistant model can visit the page at the University of Colorado


Students who have never been a Learning Assistant and are interested in becoming Learning Assistants should complete the online application at


New Learning Assistant Application


Students who have been Learning Assistants before and would like to continue should complete the online application at


Returning Learning Assistant Application


The EXTENDED deadline for application to the program is Thursday, April 30 at 11:59 PM. Decisions regarding employment will be made by May 5.


If you have questions about the Learning Assistant program or the application process, please contact Dr. Eleanor Close (eclose@txstate.edu), Dr. David Donnelly (donnelly@txstate.edu), or Dr. Hunter Close (hgclose@txstate.edu).