Developing Teachers And Learners Through The Learning Assistant Program

  • Ben Dreyfus George Mason University
  • Tina Bell George Mason University
  • Rebecca Jones George Mason University
  • Kelly Knight George Mason University
  • Mary Nelson George Mason University
  • Julia Nord George Mason University
  • Jessica Rosenberg George Mason University


Location: Dewberry Hall

Getting evidence-based pedagogy in the classroom, particularly for large lecture classes, can be a challenge. The learning assistant project provides a method for getting those techniques into the classroom. The overall learning assistant experience provides students with a chance to develop themselves as learners while helping other students in the classroom.

Author Biographies

Ben Dreyfus, George Mason University

College of Scienc

STEM Accelerator/Physics and Astronomy 

Tina Bell, George Mason University

STEM Accelerator/Biology 

Rebecca Jones, George Mason University

Rebecca M. Jones earned a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. She is the chemistry faculty member and an administrative leader in the STEM Accelerator, serving as PI for the NSF S-STEM funded Rural and Diverse Student Scholars Program, webmaster, and lead organizer for the College of Science Undergraduate Research Colloquium. She has also developed an implemented multiple resources to help students persist in STEM and move forward after graduation. Her research interests include improving STEM education, gender bias, and student development related to undergraduate research experiences. She is an active member of the American Chemical Society, regularly organizing symposia for national meetings and is also an elected chemistry councilor on the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Kelly Knight, George Mason University

College of Science

Stem Accelerator/Forensic Science

Mary Nelson, George Mason University

College of Science

Stem Accelerator/Math

Julia Nord, George Mason University

**2017 University Teaching Excellence Award Winner**

**4-VA Grant Recipient **

College of Science

STEM Accelerator/Geology

Jessica Rosenberg, George Mason University

Dr. Rosenberg is the Director of the STEM Accelerator in the College of Science and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. She is an astronomer who studies the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time primarily by studying the baryonic content of galaxies and the intergalactic medium. She is also an educator interested in improving the retention and diversity of students in the Mason College of science through enhanced learning experiences.

4:15pm-5:30pm POSTER SESSION (Group A- 4:15-4:45pm)