TA Orientation

Graduate TA Orientation

TA Orientation Poster

CTAL and the Office of Graduate & Professional Education welcomed new graduate students to UD on August 20, 2014, in Clayton Hall.  The day began at 8:00 a.m. and included specialized break-out sessions on teaching and career planning.  Attendance was mandatory for new UD graduate students, and the afternoon TA Orientation open to all new teaching assistants.

The TA Orientation introduced new TAs to UD resources, policies, and best practices of learning and teaching, accommodating TAs across disciplines and with varied teaching responsibilities. Sessions on instructional topics were facilitated by TA Fellows, who brought considerable teaching experience and knowledge of the UD undergraduate students to their sessions, and modeled various ways of effectively engaging students.

UDaily 2014 ArticleTA Fellow Sophie facilitating a conversation

Resources from 2014 TA Orientation

TA Orientation Photos  

2014 TA Orientation Agenda

2014 TA Fellows




Materials from Past Conference Sessions

2013 TA Conference in Pictures

 UDaily 2013 Article 

2012 Conference Feedback From Attendees and From TA Fellows

Videos of TA Panels from Past Conferences – Note: You may need RealPlayer to watch the videos.

  • What needs and expectations do undergraduates bring and how do we work with these?
  • How can we be effective at teaching and helping students succeed? What has worked? Not worked?
  • How do we balance our multiple responsibilities, make the most of the GA position for postgraduate career preparation?

Life as a TA and Time Management

Tips on Time Management, 2009
Rita Williams, English; Heather Unger, Biological Sciences

Working with the Course Instructor, 2011
Anthony Middlebrook, Assoc. Professor School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy, Jennifer Codding, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Jingliang Zhang, Mechanical Engineering

Graduate School : Making the Most of it For Your Postgraduate Career, 2008
Nicole Ruggiano, Urban Affairs & Public Policy; Wilkey Wong, Education

Advice for being an effective TA and graduate student, 2006
TA panelist, Hudaa Neetoo, Animal & Food Sciences

Being a successful TA, 2005
Keynote, Prof. Dene Klinzing, Individual & Family Studies

Assisting Students in Computer Labs – Session Outline, 2005
Rashida Davis, Computer & Information Sciences; Victor Perez, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice

General Instructional Advice

Classroom Communication: Effective Content Presentation, Delivery, and Rapport with Students, 2012
Dacey McGinty, Communication; Amunoo Mohamad

Planning and Implementing Your Fifty Minute Class, 2012
Kevin Currie-Knight, Education; Brian Kronenthal, Mathematical Sciences

Teaching Your Own Course, 2008
Bridget Brennan, Education

Classroom management
Katrin Blamey and Carla Meyer, Education

Preparing for Teaching, 2003
Boyka Stefanova, Political Science & International Relations

First Day of Class, 2003
Jennifer Armiger, History; Gokce Cehreli, Physics & Astronomy

Engaging Students and Increasing Participation

Active Learning: Engaging Students and Making Learning Fun (pdf, handout), 2012
David Lane, Sociology & Criminal Justice; Stephanie Stotts, Geography

Activities to Engage Students, 2011
Evan Bradley, Linguistics & Cognitive Science, Tracy Risenberger, Biological Sciences

Facilitator vs Knowledge Dispenser, 2008
Julie Lloyd,Chemistry & Biochemistry; Chanele Moore, Sociology & Criminal Justice

Fostering Student Participation, 2008
Kelly McHugh, Political Science & International Relations; Gina Henderson, Geography

Facilitating Effective Class Discussions, 2003
Jennifer Armiger and Benjamin Schwantes, History

Helping Students Learn, 2003
Sara Salkind, Education; Ilka Pfister, Individual & Family Studies

Giving Feedback on Students’ Written Work

Giving Feedback on Students’ Written Work: Efficient and Effective (pdf, handout 1, handout 2), 2012
Annalee Kodman, Education; Susanna Molitoris-Miller, Education

Collecting Student Feedback on Your Teaching

Listening to Your Students: The Power of Frequent Student Feedback (pptx, Handout) 2010
Adrienne Klaintop, Plant & Soil Sciences; Juris Pupcenoks, Political Science & International Relations, CTL

The Power of Student Feedback, 2008
Hudaa Neetoo, Animal & Food Sciences

Office Hours

Making the most of face-to-face and virtual office hours (pdf) (doc), 2006
Arun Agrawal, Mechanical Engineering; Ross Kleinstuber, Sociology & Criminal Justice

Making the Most of Office Hours: What Works for You and Your Students – Handout, 2003
Maggie Leigey, Sociology & Criminal Justice; Steven Quiring, Geography

Teaching with Technology

Learning and Teaching with Technologies , 2010
Paul Hyde, Manager, IT-Academic Technology Services; Juris Pupcenoks, Political Science & International Relations, CTL

Teaching in Specific Disciplines

Sciences & Engineering

Teaching Engineering Sections, 2011
Mosi London, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Josephy Stanzione, Chemical Engineering

Teaching a Lab Section, 2007
Seung Hong, Shayama Majumdar, and Erin Foster, Biological Sciences and Jeffrey Spraggins, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Labs for Non Science MajorsHandout, 2004
Gokce Cereli, Physics & Astronomy; Sudhaker Chhabra, Mechanical Engineering; Erna Van Niekerk, Biological Sciences

Social Sciences and Humanities

Discussion Session in the Social Sciences, 2011
Kevin Adkin, Urban Affairs & Public Policy and Geography, Barbara Kutis, Art History
Teaching in the Foreign Languages, 2008
Courtney Brunone, Foreign Languages & Literatures

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