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Programs & Events


CITL organizes several annual conferences targeted to instructional staff and faculty:

  • Annual Faculty Retreat, typically held in late February or early March, is a one-day event that celebrates ongoing and collaborative processes of inquiry, experimentation, and reflection, related to teaching and learning.
  • FSI Conference, held in mid- or late May, is a three-day conference for higher education instructors and other professionals about the latest technological advances in education.


Each semester, CITL offers workshops, special programs, and reading groups. Open to faculty and teaching assistants, many of these events count toward meeting the requirements of our teaching certificates. For information about an event, please check the CITL Calendar.

Pre-Semester TA Training

Two campus-wide, pre-semester orientation programs for new Teaching Assistants (TAs) are held each August and January. Departments register their TAs for these programs; individual TAs cannot register themselves.

  • The Graduate Academy for College Teaching prepares TAs for classroom teaching responsibilities (lecture, discussion, laboratory, or studio) by engaging them in interactive sessions about teaching strategies and resources. The program is designed as a conference with choices of sessions on foundational teaching topics, discipline-based teaching topics and language, culture, and diversity topics. Microteaching sessions provide TAs with a safe and constructive environment to practice their teaching skills.
  • The Symposium on Grading & Office Hours is for those TAs who have non-classroom responsibilities. In large and small group sessions, TAs learn about effective and fair grading techniques and how to use office hours as an opportunity for good teaching and learning.
  • Click here to go the Graduate Academy for College Teaching page