The student becomes the teacher
In the increasingly competitive higher education environment, the University Center for Teaching and Learning (The Teaching Center) is dedicated to helping graduate students develop the strong teaching skills essential for their success in the classroom, and beyond. Through its Graduate Student Teaching Initiative, the Teaching Center offers workshops, programs, guides, and even new credentials that graduate students can utilize to build a solid foundation for their current responsibilities and future careers.
Offered twice a year, the New Teaching Assistant Orientation provides new teaching assistants (TAs) with practical skills and also familiarizes them with University policies and resources. Workshop topics include introductions to the technology resources available to TAs, how to prevent and monitor cheating and plagiarism, and how to handle difficult situations and distressed students. The most recent orientation, held in the fall of 2017, included more than 160 participants from departments across the University. Based on feedback from previous orientations, this orientation reflected an update which allowed more time for TAs to interact and share perspectives and to form connections with their fellow graduate students.
Learn more at the Graduate Students Resources site.