CHEM 1312/1412 - Dr. Chuck Kutal

Chemistry 1312/1412 with Dr. Kutal will be supported by 12 new PLAs during spring 2017. These students will assist graduate TAs in the lab. In addition to time spent assisting peer undergraduate students, the PLAs participate in a weekly, one hour pedagogy course, where they are joined by PLAs from other STEM disciplines to develop their mentoring skills.


CHEM PLAs Spring 2017


Dr. Kutal is pioneering a scalable model wherein PLAs participate in a 1-credit-hour pedagogy course as well as a 2-credit-hour practicum course, earning a total of 3 credits hours of upper level coursework for their participation. A new, interdisciplinary pedagogy course was approved to begin spring 2017, FCID 3100. This pedagogy course is open to PLAs from any discipline. Additionally, a content-specific practicum course (CHEM 3700) has been approved which will allow Chemistry PLAs to earn 2 hours of credit for their time spent in the classroom. This model may potentially be leveraged to satisfy experiential learning requirements as well.

View the New Course Application and Pedagogy Outline HERE.

View the New Practicum Course Application HERE.


Below - At the 2016 USG STEM Summit at Middle Georgia State University, Dr. Kutal presents on his experiences utilizing Student Learning Assistants in his Honors Chemistry labs. He also discusses plans for moving forward with the Peer Learning Assistant model.

Spring 2017

For more than 10 years, Dr. Kutal has utilized Student Learning Assistants in his Honors Chemistry labs. In this capacity, undergraduate SLAs worked with graduate TAs in a lab environment, and participated in weekly reflection seminars. Currently, Dr. Kutal is working on the development of a one hour pedagogy course that will be used to train future Peer Learning Assistants. This interdisciplinary course, FCID 3100, will be offered beginning in spring 2017. A seperate two hour 'practicum' course will also be created so that PLAs can receive a total of three hours of upper-level credit for their service. This practicum experience will potentially be leveraged as experiential learning.


PLA Program

Program Progress Overview

BIOL 1107

CSCI 1301

MATH 2250

PHYS 1112

PHYS 1211

Learning Community