TA Orientation: Teaching Symposium for First-Time Teaching Assistants and Instructional Aides

An interactive, University-wide event preparing graduate-student TAs and IAs for their first semester of teaching at the University, TA Orientation is co-sponsored by The Teaching Center, The Division of Biological & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS), and The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

2014 TA Orientation: Materials 

  • Remarks from deans of The DBBS and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
  • Policies and practices for maintaining a safe, fair, and inclusive classroom environment
  • Information on essential resources and Teaching Center programs​

Infor​mation about Teaching Center Programs for Graduate Students

Other Campus Resources
    For consultations with Teaching Center Academic Services staff, or
    questions about the University-wide TA Orientation, please contact us​.

    2014 TA Orientation: Details

    In 2014, we offered two sessions, one at the Medical School campus on August 13th and one at the Danforth campus on August 20th.  Attendance at one of the sessions was required for all graduate students who will be Teaching Assistants (TAs) or Instructional Aides (IAs) for the first time during 2014-2015.


    ​8:30 am (8:45 at Medical Campus):  Packet pickup and check-in (coffee, tea, and refreshments)

    9:00 - 11:00 am: Introductory program
    • Remarks by Deans of Graduate School
    • Interactive discussions of policies and practices central to maintaining a safe, fair, and inclusive environment for teaching and learning (including information related to topics such as discrimination and bias, emergency preparedness, and academic integrity)
    • Information on campus resources and Teaching Center programs
    11:10 am - 12:25 pm: TA-Training Workshops led by Teaching Center staff, on topics such as Teaching a Discussion or Laboratory Class, Grading, and Using your Authority to Manage a Classroom
    12:40 - 1:30 pm: Lunch and Small-Group Discussions, led by an experienced TA​