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Two campus-wide, pre-semester orientation programs for new teaching
assistants and international teaching assistants (TAs and ITAs) are held
each August and January.
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.
January 2015 Graduate Academy Program (pdf)
August 2014 Graduate Academy Program (pdf)
The Graduate Symposium on Grading & Office Hours is for those TAs
who have non-classroom responsibilities (grading and/or holding office
hours). 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.
January 2015 Grading Symposium Program (pdf)
August 2014 Grading Symposium Program (pdf)
Note: Both programs have language and culture sessions to meet the University’s requirements for Appointment
of Non-Native English Speaking Teaching Assistants. Departments
register their TAs for these programs; individual TAs cannot register