TA Orientation: Teaching Symposium for First-Time TAs and IAs

Co-Sponsored by The Teaching Center, The Division of Biological & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS), and The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

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
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Farrell Learning and Teaching Center, Medical Campus
(plan to attend if you are a DBBS TA based at the Medical Campus)
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Arts & Sciences Laboratory Sciences Bldg., Rm. 300, Danforth Campus

First-time TAs and IAs will receive additional information about this event in early summer 2014.

Each year, The Teaching Center hosts the annual, University-wide TA Orientation. The orientation program is designed to supplement training that TAs and IAs receive within their home departments.

The major objectives of the program are to
  • Provide new TAs and IAs with teaching strategies that can help them prepare for their first experience teaching at the University.
  • Inform TAs and IAs about relevant University policies pertaining to Title IX, academic integrity, and other important topics.
  • Inform new TAs and IAs about campus resources, including Teaching Center workshops and programs for graduate students. 
  • Provide an opportunity for new TAs and IAs to meet with experienced TAs in their disciplines. 

For questions about the University-wide TA Orientation, contact Dr. Beth Fisher, Director of Academic Services.