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TA Support

The Center for Teaching & Faculty Development (CTFD) recognizes that Teaching Assistants play an important role in teaching and learning at the University, and have developed a range of resources to assist these important members of our community.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL)

For more information on CIRTL career development programming for STEM graduate students and postdocs, please visit here.


Workshop Series on Presenting Your Teaching on the Academic Job Market

These practical workshops are designed to familiarize graduate students with the materials most often requested in academic job applications -- teaching statements, documentation of teaching effectiveness, and teaching portfolios. More than a mark on a checklist, these documents help graduate students prepare to discuss teaching in a focused way during job interviews or informal networking situations. In this workshop series, graduate students learn about the uses and elements of a teaching portfolio, and have the opportunity to begin crafting and organizing parts of their own portfolios, including teaching statements. Graduate students also participate in peer review sessions, receiving both constructive feedback and an opportunity to have a sustained conversation about teaching. Registration is required for these workshops, which are announced to all graduate students via email. For more information, contact .


Spring 2016 Teaching-Related Workshops
Graduate School Office of Professional Development and The Center for Teaching & Faculty Development

Cultivating Effective Working Relationships Between TAs and Faculty

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 1 – 2:30pm

Leading More Effective Discussions in the Classroom

  • Monday, February 1, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:30pm

Teaching Tools and Strategies

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30pm 

Catalyzing Student-Centered Teaching and Learning (SCTL) in Team Based Learning (TBL) Classrooms

  • Wednesday, February 17 from 1 – 2:30pm
  • Register here.

How to Effectively Grade Student Writing

  • Monday, February 22, 2016 from 12:30 – 2:00pm
  • Register here.

How to Design a Rubric

  • Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 12:00 – 1:00pm

Teaching About Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

  • Tuesday, March 22, 1:00-2:30pm, 809 Campus Center
  • Register here.

Engaging Students in Active Learning

  • Monday, March 7, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30pm

Introduction to the Teaching Portfolio

  • Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30pm  

Writing A Compelling Teaching Statement

  • Monday, April 11, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30pm  

Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness

  • Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30pm  

Syllabus Design

  • Monday, May 2, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:30pm
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