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Graduate Student Orientation: August 29-30, 2019


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Welcome to the University of Massachusetts Amherst!

The Graduate School enthusiastically invites new graduate students and first-time teaching assistants to participate in Graduate Student Orientation, which will begin on the evening of Thursday, August 29th, and continue all day on Friday, August 30th. This event has been designed to facilitate your academic and professional success as you navigate the transition to graduate school and begin teaching undergraduates. It will also provide you with the opportunity to meet and socialize with other UMass graduate students from a variety of disciplines. 

Orientation will consist of four main components and feature more than 30 informational panels or workshops. A preliminary schedule and list of orientation topics is provided below. Students are encouraged to participate in as much of the event as possible. Registration is required for all modules that you plan to attend. 

Questions about Orientation should be directed to grad-communications@grad.umass.edu

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Tentative Agenda--Presentation Topics and Times Will Be Finalized Later This Summer

Part 1: Welcome Reception

Date & Time: August 29, 5:30 PM
Location: Campus Center Auditorium

This kickoff event will feature remarks from Dean Barbara Krauthamer, other campus leaders, and the Office of Professional Development. An assortment of delicious food will be provided by the university's nationally acclaimed dining services! 

Part 2: An Introduction to Effective Teaching: Information, Resources, and Strategies for Success

Date & Time: August 30, 7:30 AM.-1:05 PM.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Location: Campus Center: Auditorium & Breakout Rooms

Schedule
7:30-8:00 AM:
Check-In, Tables Outside Campus Center Auditorium

8:00-8:30 AM: Light Breakfast and Opening Remarks, Campus Center Auditorium

8:40-9:40 AM: Morning Concurrent Session I, Campus Center Breakout Rooms 

  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Teaching for Learning 
  • Leading Effective Discussions
  • Engaging Students in Large and Small Classes
  • The Top 5 Tips for Teaching Success
  • Library Support for Teaching

9:50-10:50 AM: Morning Concurrent Session II, Campus Center Breakout Rooms

  • Creating an Inclusive Classroom
  • Teaching for Learning
  • Leading Effective Discussions
  • International TAs and Cross-Cultural Teaching Issues
  • Responding to Student Writing
  • The First Day of Class

11:00-11:50 AM: Concurrent Session III, Campus Center Breakout Rooms

  • Effective Teaching: Advice from Top CNS, CICS & Engineering TAs
  • Effective Teaching: Advice from Top Education, SBS, Isenberg, and Public Health TAs
  • Effective Teaching: Advice from Top HFA TAs

12:00-1:05 PM: Lunch and Campus Resource Fair, Campus Center Auditorium

  • Information Tables featuring Approximately 30 Campus Offices and Student Groups
  • Lunch Provided

Part 3: An Introduction to Graduate School: Achieving Your Goals

Date and Time: August 30, 11:30 AM.-5:25 PM. Lunch will be provided.
Location: Campus Center Auditorium and Breakout Rooms

Schedule
11:30 AM-12:00 PM:
Check-in for Students Attending Afternoon Session Only, Tables Outside Campus Center Auditorium

12:00-1:05 PM: Lunch and Campus Resource Fair, Campus Center Auditorium 

  • Information Tables featuring Approximately 30-40 Campus Offices and Student Groups
  • Lunch Provided

1:15-5:25 PM A series of concurrent afternoon presentations will be offered in one-hour sessions at 1:15, 2:25, 3:25, and 4:25 PM. While the schedule has not yet been completed, topics will likely include the following:

  • Cultivating Strong Relationships with Faculty
  • People of Color in Academia: Opportunities, Challenges, Resources, Community
  • Thriving in Graduate School: Why You Need a 5-Year Plan
  • An Introduction to American Culture for International Students
  • Library Support for Research
  • Diversity and Inclusion at UMass
  • Parents in Academia: Opportunities, Challenges, Resources, Community
  • Don't Go It Alone: Building Relationships for Professional Success
  • Using External Funding Applications to Advance Your Career
  • Time Management
  • Career Success for Master's Students in Computer Science and Engineering
  • First Generation Graduate Students: Opportunities, Challenges, Resources, Community
  • Financial Wellness for Graduate Students
  • LGBTQIA People in Academia: Opportunities, Challenges, Resources, Community
  • Succeeding in Graduate School: Advice from Students
  • Title IX Rights and Responsibilities for Graduate Students

Part 4: Barbecue

Date and Time: August 30, 5:30-7:15 PM
Location: Front Lawn, Goodell Building

Meet graduate students from across the university at an outdoor cookout. Plenty of food will be provided!

Remember: Registration is required for each of the four modules that you plan to attend.