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.
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.
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 themselves.