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TA Workshops & Professional Development Programs


for UCSB Graduate Students


Winter Quarter 2016-17


All sessions are limited to 10 participants.

All sessions will be held in Kerr Hall 1128.

Please REGISTER at http://apps.id.ucsb.edu/registration/ta-workshop-registration/ 
Questions? Please contact Sarah Koepke.

Cultivating Professionalism and Academic Integrity


Wednesday, January 18th, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development


Do you find yourself spending valuable time dealing with plagiarism, cheating and students who act “unprofessionally”?  In this workshop, we will deconstruct these troubling behaviors to understand their root causes.  Participants will develop strategies for cultivating professionalism in the classroom and helping students to respect intellectual property. Register for this workshop.


Student-Centered Pedagogy: What Happens When You Let Students Take Over?


Tuesday, January 24th, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development


Students constantly exert their agency in class. In fact, their choices about participation, attending class, and doing homework can greatly influence your instructional strategies. In this workshop, you will learn how to help students use their agency to become more responsible for their learning. Our discussion will be based on student-centered environments that encourage students to actively participate in class, contribute positively to class culture, and learn more than they thought possible. Register for this workshop.


Preparing Your CCUT Portfolio

Thursday, February 2nd, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development

The session will provide tips on writing the CCUT teaching portfolio, including ways of presenting teaching materials, documenting student ratings, meeting the technology requirement, tone of the portfolio narration, and more. Participants need to have completed at least two of the CCUT requirements. Please note that if you are completing your doctorate degree in Winter Quarter, the final date that you may submit your CCUT portfolio is Friday, March 24thRegister for this workshop.


Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement


Wednesday, February 8th, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development


Writing a teaching philosophy statement can be a challenge, and is required for most teaching positions.  At the same time, examining and articulating your teaching philosophy can help you to become a more effective instructor.  As a participant in this workshop, you will work through a series of exercises to help you reflect on your teaching, and by workshop end you will have a draft outline of your teaching philosophy statement. Register for this workshop.


Grading Student Work

Monday, February 13th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Emma Levine, TA Development Program Coordinator, Music Department

As many TAs spend much time grading students' work, this session addresses strategies for making our work more efficient and consistent, as well as ways to encourage students' improvement. Issues we will discuss include creating grading rubrics, assessing creative projects, providing written feedback, and anticipating potential grade disputes.  Bring to this workshop:  a. the prompts or instructions for a specific assignment, project, and/or papers; b. (optional) any grading rubrics or grading checklists you use. Register for this workshop.


Seminar for First-Time Associates (in Spring Quarter)


Thursday, February 16th, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development


Graduate students who will be teaching as Associates (i.e., Instructor of Record) in Spring Quarter are invited to attend. Topics include creating the syllabus, planning class sessions, giving feedback, and grading policies. Please bring a draft of your syllabus and two copies of three main course goals. Register for this workshop.


Helping Students Connect with Course Content


Thursday, February 23rd, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development

Do you teach dry, theoretical material that students don’t relate to? Are the topics in your class linked together in subtle ways? Do you have many interrelated bits of content that students perceive as confusing? Whether you teach in STEM, Social Sciences, or the Humanities, this workshop will help you make the abstract, subtle, and/or complex become more concrete to your students by using strategies that help them visualize and virtualize course content. Register for this workshop.


Conscientious Pedagogy Post-Trump: A Collaborative Workshop on Serving the Needs of Vulnerable Students and Navigating Aggression in the Classroom

Friday, February 24th, 1:30am – 3:30pm

Facilitators: Zack King and Amber Lopez, Department of Sociology



Food and drinks provided by Instructional Development and Graduate Division

How do we teach effectively with overt bigotry on the rise? This is a space for graduate students to collaborate on best practices for dealing with controversial, offensive or hostile statements in the classroom, especially given the current political atmosphere.


Constructing Your Syllabus

Monday, February 27th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Emma Levine, TA Development Program Coordinator, Music Department

Whether you’re a TA or an associate, having a comprehensive syllabus is often essential for creating clear expectations and setting your students up for success. In this session, we’ll discuss what information should go into a syllabus, how to create the right tone while still setting clear boundaries, and how to revise your syllabus from quarter to quarter. We’ll also look at and critique sample syllabi from across disciplines. Register for this workshop.


Effective Use of Mobile Technology during Section

Wednesday, March 1st, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development

Come learn the many different ways you can engage students by having them use their smart phones, tablets, and laptops during section! Not only we will look at some great classroom games and apps, we will also cover how to manage student behavior regarding mobile technology use during class. Register for this workshop.   


The First Day of Section/Lecture (for Spring Quarter)

Monday, March 6th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Emma Levine, TA Development Program Coordinator, Music Department


The first day of section/lecture often sets the tone for the entire quarter, and some of the challenges we face as instructors/TAs can be avoided by setting up ourselves and our students for success on the first day. What should you do on the first day? How long do you really need to spend going over logistics? How much time should be spent covering content? How much time should you devote to getting to know your students? Whether you’ve taught before, or Spring Quarter is your first time teaching, come join us for a discussion on how make the most of your first day with your students.

Please REGISTER at http://apps.id.ucsb.edu/registration/ta-workshop-registration/

consultation contacts

George Michaelsexecutive director2130 Kerr Hall
lisa berrysenior instructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
mindy colininstructional consultant1130 Kerr Hall
Mary Lou Ramos database and ESCI administrator1130 Kerr Hall
Aisha Wedlaw ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall
Sarah Koepkeoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
faxfax: 805-893-5915