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.
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.
The CTL typically holds a TA Orientation event prior to the start of the Fall semester (on the day following Graduate School Orientation), and during the first week of February. A make-up orientation event is also typically held one month into the Fall semester.
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 2020 TAO is scheduled as our first ever virtual TA Orientation and will kick-off on Tuesday, August 18th with a virtual welcome event and launch of online training modules (to be completed by August 23rd). CTL staff and upper year TAs from the Future Faculty Fellows program will be available to answer questions as new TAs complete their training.
Virtual Kickoff: Tuesday, August 18th, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. OR 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Module Completion: by 11:50 p.m. on August 23rd
Please follow this link to register. More detailed instructions will be sent out prior to the event.
There will be no independent Make up Orientation session for Fall 2020.
If you are unable to attend our Fall 2020 TA Orientation virtual kickoff event, please indicate this on the TAO registration form and more information will be shared with you on August 18th.
If you are added as a TA after August 18th, please contact Dr. Zoe Morris, Assistant Director for Teaching Assistant Development and Recognition at the Center for Teaching and Learning, at email@example.com.
Please visit our TA Orientation FAQs for answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to TA Orientation. For other questions about the orientation, please contact Dr. Zoe Morris, Assistant Director for Teaching Assistant Development and Recognition at the Center for Teaching and Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org.