TA Orientation FAQ

Who Must Attend?

To fulfill part of University TA Policy, all new graduate teaching and laboratory assistants with instructional responsibilities during the 2016-2017 academic year.  TAs and LAs who have not previously attended TA Orientation must also attend.

Who Else Can Attend?
All interested graduate TAs and LAs are invited to attend. 

Where is TA Orientation?
Come to the first floor of the Science Learning Center on August 9, 2016. 

What Happens at Orientation?
Through informative, interactive, and collaborative sessions, participants will be welcomed to teaching at UGA and will meet dynamic and successful faculty and graduate students who are eager to share their expertise and to answer questions.  Specific strategies and take-aways will equip participants with tools they need for a successful start to their teaching experience at UGA and resource personnel will enable participants to find the resources they might need throughout the semester and the semesters to come. View the schedule for the 2016 TA Orientation.

Is this the same as Graduate Student Orientation?
No. The Graduate School's orientation for new graduate students--which is Monday, August 8, 2016--is separate from New Graduate TA Orientation and does not replace it. 

How Do I Register?
Please go to https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bvbWJXf4uy7YqGh to register for TA Orientation no later than Thursday, August 4, 2016.  On-site registration will occur between 7:30 AM and 8 AM on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 outside of the first floor auditorium in the Science Learning Center.

What if I can’t attend the August 9 orientation?
There will be a make-up orientation on Saturday August 20, 2016.  Register for this make-up orientation at https://ugeorgia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2aigIom8ZdH0NdX

Are there TA Orientation resources online?
Yes.  Handouts on various topics pertaining to teaching in higher education will be available shortly.

Are there other opportunities at CTL for me to develop my teaching?
Yes. Visit the TA Services & Programs section for more information about CTL’s TA Program offerings including workshops and consulting services.

What is CTL?
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at UGA provides campus-wide leadership on matters relating to instruction by coordinating a wide variety of programs and activities that serve faculty, administrators, and graduate teaching and laboratory assistants in each of the University's schools and colleges.