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

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 will learn about essential policies related to your role as a TA/IA, participate in a TA-training workshop, get advice from experienced TAs, and receive important resources, including the Graduate School's TA Handbook and The Teaching Center's Teaching Strategies handouts.

In 2014, we are offering two sessions. Attendance at one of the following sessions is required for all graduate students who will be Teaching Assistants (TAs) or Instructional Aides (IAs) for the first time during 2014-2015. 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

8:45am - 1:30 pm
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Medical Campus
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
8:30 am - 1:30 pm
​    Arts & Sciences Laboratory Sciences Bldg., Rm. 300, Danforth Campus
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TA Orientation Agenda

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

015.jpg9:00 - 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 essential 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​

For questions about the University-wide TA Orientation, contact The Teaching Center.​