Lead TA Institute
Friday and Saturday, August 22nd & 23rd, 2014
While the role of Lead TA varies by deparment, these graduate students generally assist with department TA training and provide mentorship to more novice TAs. The focus of the two-day Lead TA Institute (LTAI) is developing approaches to and practical materials for departmental TA training workshops and seminars. Topics include planning TA orientations and seminars, uses of the case studies in TA training, student-centered teaching approaches, conflict managment, research on college teaching, and more.
Due to the elimination of Instructional Development's TA Development Grants, Instructional Development is no longer able to pay Lead TAs to attend the Institue; compensation for Lead TAs time must come from departmental funds. In the past, those Lead TAs who have attended without pay have found it to be a worthwhile endeveor. Participation in the 2 day LTAI counts for requirement #2 of the Certificate in College and University Teaching program.
Preparation for the First Meeting
Please click on the link "Preparation for Lead TA Institute" under the Heading "Lead TA Institute".
Friday, 1pm-4:30pm: Location TBD
Please be familiar with your TA Departmental Training Program, and bring an outline/overview of your department's TA training program.
Saturday, 9am-1pm: Location TBD
The Lead TA Institute is designed to:
- Assist you in preparing for and (re)defining your responsibilities as Lead TAs;
- Increase your knowledge of University policies relevant to TAs and their students;
- Learn new strategies for student-centered teaching and learning;
- Improve your ability manage conflict through effective communication;
- Cultivate a community of Lead TAs with whom to improve TA training programs.
Who May Attend
Lead TAs from any department are welcome to attend. Please note that the role of Lead TA is to assist with TA training in the department (it is NOT the same as a Head TA for a single course).
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Lisa Berry <firstname.lastname@example.org>