Orientation for New Graduate Teaching Assistants

Dr. Joe McGillis, Academic Ombud, welcomes new TAs at the University-wide Orientation

Dr. Joe McGillis, Academic Ombud, welcomes new TAs at the University-wide Orientation

Mandatory orientations for new Teaching Assistants are held every August and January.

Graduate School tuition funding is contingent upon your completion of all TA Orientation requirements* within the first semester of your teaching assistantship. Should you not complete all requirements by the end of your second semester, you may not continue as a TA.

Departments are responsible for registering their new TAs for these events. Please contact your DGS to ensure you have been registered.

Deadline for registration is Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Click here to register: 


University-wide TA Orientation including all portions of Microteach and Plenary
International TA Orientation (required for TAs new to higher education in the United States)
Language Screening (required for TAs whose first language is not English)
Preventing Discrimination Online Module
FERPA Online Module

Spring 2019 University-wide TA Orientation

University-wide TA Orientation: Thursday and Friday, January 3rd and 4th, 2019 (8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.). All newly appointed domestic and international TAs are required to complete the two-day orientation as part of their employment contract. The orientation includes small-group sessions on modes of teaching as well as plenary sessions on institutional policies and campus resources.

International TA Orientation: Saturday, January 5th, 2019 (8:00 a.m. until mid afternoon). This orientation is for all new TAs who are classified as international and are new to the higher-education classroom in the United States.

International TA Language Screenings: Monday, January 7th, 2019 (by pre-arranged appointments beginning at 8:30 a.m.). All Teaching Assistants whose native or primary language is not English are required to participate in language screenings. Times of screenings are arranged by the TA's department.

Graduate Student Resources: A one-stop shop of resources accessible from the comfort of, well, wherever you are! You can come here to find information in the following categories:

Academic Resources
Community Resources
Finance and Employment Resources
Student Organizations
Student Resources

Questions about TA Orientation registration? Contact Chad Gilpin at chadwick.gilpin@uky.edu or 859-257-4137.

Questions about orientation policies and content? Contact Dr. Morris Grubbs at morris.grubbs@uky.edu or 859-257-9725.