Orientation for New Graduate Teaching Assistants

Dr. Kathi Kern keynotes 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.

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

Please click here to register a student for our Spring 2021 University-Wide TA Orientation. Registration should be completed by the student's department and NOT by the student.

Spring 2021 University-wide TA Orientation

Due to continuing COVID-19 uncertainties and in order to be as flexible as possible for students returning to campus or arriving to campus for the first time, the Graduate School is continuing to host the university-wide TA Orientation in online formats. Much of the content will be delivered in asynchronous modules in Canvas; other more interactive content (including panel discussions and microteaching) will be delivered synchronously via Zoom at the times mentioned below.

New International Graduate Student (in partnership with the International Center) and New International TA Orientation
All modules will be available on Canvas beginning Monday, January 4th, followed in the subsequent two weeks by multiple optional question-and-answer sessions (dates to be determined).
Completion of all mandatory online modules prior to the first day of class is required for all new International TAs, and attendance will be recorded for EACH required module individually.

University-wide TA Orientation
Asynchronous online modules will be available on Canvas beginning Monday, January 4th.
Synchronous online Microteaching Sessions: Wednesday, January 13th: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. via Zoom (links will be provided on Canvas)
and Thursday, January 14th: 9:00 - 12:00 p.m. via Zoom (links will be provided on Canvas)
Completion of all modules prior to the first day of class is required for all new TAs, and attendance is required at each Microteaching Session.

TA Language Screenings
Friday, January 15th via Zoom (by appointments pre-arranged with the department beginning at 9:00 a.m.).
All Teaching Assistants whose native or primary language is not English are required to participate in language screenings. Details about the Language Screenings can be found at this link.
The Graduate School will arrange the screening times with your department and notify you prior to the screening date.
An optional Q&A Session will be held on Thursday, January 14th from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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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.