TA Orientation

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This interdisciplinary orientation provides general preparation for graduate students with instructional responsibilities, including an overview of policies and procedures pertinent to the TA role, an introduction to effective teaching strategies and practices, and exposure to services and resources available across campus that offer support for individuals engaged in teaching and learning endeavors at UGA.

The CTL typically holds a TA Orientation event prior to the start of the Fall and Spring semesters. 

 As per TA Policy, anyone holding an assistantship with defined teaching duties – including all teaching and laboratory assistants – must take part in the CTL TA Orientation prior to or concurrent with their first TAship.

Participation in TA Orientation allows students to:

  • Become familiar with key policies and resources related to successful teaching and learning practice at UGA;
  • Learn how and what to prepare for their first few weeks in the classroom and/or laboratory environment;
  • Be introduced to the resources available within their departments and across campus that offer support for individuals engaged in teaching and learning endeavors at UGA.

In partnership with other units on campus, the CTL maintains a list of all students who have successfully completed TA Orientation, and shares their records with Graduate Coordinators.

Fall TA Orientation (TAO) typically takes place on the day following Graduate School Orientation, during the week before classes begin. Past years have included a half-day of orientation events and workshops, after which students complete a TAO completion survey. In Fall 2020 we held our first ever virtual TAO, including a virtual kick-off and a set of online training modules. TA Orientation is facilitated by CTL personnel experienced TAs from the Future Faculty Fellows program.  

Fall 2021 TAO Information: tba 

Spring 2021 TA Orientation (TAO) will be offered as a set of virtual training modules, curated and monitored by CTL personnel. This January we will be offering a virtual Spring TA Orientation. The online module series will launch on Monday, January 4th, giving registered students one week to complete their training. 

Registration is open to all graduate students and is required for any student who will TA in Spring or Summer 2021 and who has not previously participated in TAO. CTL personnel will be available to answer questions as new TAs complete their training. 

If you missed Spring TAO, don’t worry: fill out this form to request access to the online modules, and you can complete your TA Orientation requirement asynchronously!

Please visit our TA Orientation FAQs for answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to TA Orientation. For other questions about the orientation, please contact us via gradteach@uga.edu.

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