Graduate Student Orientation

Date Range
Aug 29, 2019 | 6:00pm - Aug 30, 2019 | 7:45pm

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

Online Registration for Orientation is now closed. Students who plan to attend but have not yet registered may do so in person at the check-in tables outside the Campus Center Auditorium on Friday morning. No in-person registration is required for the Welcome Reception on Thursday evening. We look forward to seeing you at Graduate Student Orientation!

 

Agenda

Part 1: Welcome Reception

Date & Time: August 29, 6:00 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
  • Teaching Labs

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
  • Teaching as a Person of Color

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

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

1:15-2:05 PM Afternoon Concurrent Session I, Campus Center Breakout Rooms

  • Advice from/for STEM PhD Students, Amherst Room (10th floor of Campus Center)
  • Advice from/for Master's Students in Computer Science & Engineering,  Campus Center Auditorium
  • Advice from/for Students in the Social Sciences, Campus Center 165
  • Advice from/for Students in the Humanities & Fine Arts, Campus Center 164

2:15-3:05 PM Afternoon Concurrent Session II, Campus Center Breakout Rooms

  • Cultivating Strong Relationships With Faculty, Amherst Room (10th floor of Campus Center)
  • Career Success for Master's Students in Computer Science & Engineering Campus Center Auditorium
  • Your Role in Fostering an Inclusive University, Campus Center 163
  • Why You Need a 5-Year Plan, Campus Center 168
  • Library Support for Research, Campus Center 162
  • Financial Wellness for Graduate Students, Campus Center 174
  • Using Funding Applications to Advance Your Career, Campus Center 165

3:15-4:05 PM Afternoon Concurrent Session III, Campus Center Breakout Rooms

  • The Secrets of Your Success: Navigating the Hidden Rules of Graduate School, Campus Center 163
  • Managing Your Mentoring Relationships: Working Effectively with Faculty, Campus Center 168
  • Building Relationships for Success, Amherst Room (10th floor of the Campus Center)
  • People of Color in Academia: Challenges, Resources, Community, Campus Center 162
  • LGBTQIA+ People in Academia: Challenges, Resources, Community, Campus Center 904
  • First-Year Survival Kit: Setting SMART Goals, Managing Expectations, and Creating Balance, Campus Center 174
  • Demystifying American Culture for International Students, Campus Center Auditorium

4:15-5:15 PM Plenary Session, Campus Center Auditorium

  • Title IX for Graduate Students: Rights and Responsibilities
  • Door Prize Giveaway!

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!