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.

2015 TA Orientation: Details

In Fall 2015, we will offer two sessions, one at the Medical School campus on August 12th and one at the Danforth campus on August 19th.  Attendance at one of the sessions is required for all graduate students who will be Teaching Assistants (TAs) or Instructional Aides (IAs) for the first time during 2015-2016.

​Preliminary Agenda

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

9:00 - 11:00 amIntroductory program
  • Remarks by Deans of Graduate School
  • Training on, and interactive discussions of, WUSTL policies and procedures related to campus safety, Title IX, and strategies for maintaining a safe, fair, and inclusive environment for teaching and learning
  • Opportunity to learn about WUSTL resources, including Teaching Center programs
11:15 am - 12:30 pm: Teaching Workshops
Participants will attend one of 3 or 4 available workshops, on topics such as effective strategies for managing a classroom, facilitating discussions, and teaching with interactive lectures. These workshops will include discussion of best practices in fostering diversity and inclusion in the classroom.
12:30 - 1:30 pmLunch and Small-Group Discussions, led by an experienced TA​

For questions about the University-wide TA Orientation, please contact Michelle Repice.