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The New TA Orientation
for Spring 2020 will be
Friday, Jan. 3, 2020,
in Room 532, Alumni Hall

At the start of the fall and spring terms, the University Center for Teaching and Learning hosts an orientation for new Teaching Assistants and Fellows from across campus. The New Teaching Assistant Orientation (NTAO) consists of workshops led by Teaching Center staff and experienced teaching assistants. It is designed to prepare graduate student teachers for their new roles at the University of Pittsburgh, by providing new TAs with the practical skills they will need and familiarizing them with University policies and resources.

Specific schools within the University of Pittsburgh require that graduate/professional students attend NTAO. The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences requires that all graduate students who will be teaching assistants for the first time at the University of Pittsburgh attend this orientation, except for departments which have been granted an exemption from the Dean’s office. Your school/department will notify you whether your attendance is required. If you are unsure whether you are required to attend, you may contact your departmental graduate administrator or the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative at

Spring 2020 New TA Orientation schedule, Friday, Jan. 3, 2020:

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 – 9 a.m. Breakfast and Facilitated Discussion
9 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome
Nathan Urban, Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Strategic Initiatives
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Role of the TA
Graduate Student Teaching Initiative
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Getting Started in the Classroom
Graduate Student Teaching Initiative
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch & Title IX
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Intro to the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative & Intro to Learning Management Systems
University Center for Teaching and Learning
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Preventing and Monitoring Cheating & Plagiarism
Graduate Student Teaching Initiative
1:45 – 2 p.m. Break
2 – 3:30 p.m. Difficult Situations and Distressed Students
Graduate Student Teaching Initiative
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