Orientation for New Graduate Teaching Assistants
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.
*TA ORIENTATION REQUIREMENTS ARE:
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
Fall 2019 University-wide TA Orientation
University-wide TA Orientation: Thursday and Friday, August 15th and 16th, 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: Tuesday, August 13th, 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, August 19th, 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.
University-wide New Graduate Student Orientation: On Wednesday, August 21st, 2019 The Graduate School will hold its first annual orientation for new graduate students followed by a resource fair specifically for graduate students. This orientation is not mandatory, but all graduate students are encouraged to attend.
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