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

Co-Sponsored by The Teaching Center, The Division of Biological & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS), and The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
 
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TA Orientation is an interactive event designed to help new TAs and
IAs prepare for their first semester of teaching at the University. During orientation, you learn about essential policies related to your role as a TA/IA, get advice from experienced TAs, participate in a TA-training workshop, and receive helpful resources—which are posted below. In 2014, TA Orientation was held on Aug. 13 and Aug. 20. 


TA Orientation Materials

Slides_TA Orientation 2014.pdfIntroductory Program Slides
  • Remarks by Professor William Tate, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
  • Interactive discussion 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 essential resources and Teaching Center programs.​

Infor​mation about Teaching Center Programs for Graduate Students


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

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2014 Univesity-Wide TA Orientation

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.
 

Agenda

 
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​





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