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TA Workshops & Professional Development Programs


for UCSB Graduate Students

Spring Quarter 2018

*NOTE: Attendance at any Spring TA Workshop also counts for STIA credit.

All sessions are limited to 10 participants.

All sessions will be held in Kerr Hall 1128.

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

Setting the Tone in your Spring Quarter Classroom

Tuesday, April 3rd , 12:00-1:00pm

Facilitator: Rachel Rys, TA Pedagogical Advisor


The start of Spring quarter is the perfect opportunity to make a fresh start in your teaching. Are you hoping to encourage more participation or to increase student engagement this quarter? The first day of section can help you set the tone for the classroom culture that you want to develop this spring. In this workshop, we will discuss approaches and activities for the first day of section that will get students thinking, talking, and participating from Day 1.

Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Thursday, April 5th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

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


Acting Tips for Teachers

April 10, 2018;  3:00-4:00pm

Location: Kerr 2110

Facilitator: Hala Baki, Department of Theater and Dance


Have you ever considered what teachers can learn from actors? After all, they do perform their role in front of a student audience and captivate them with their confidence and enthusiasm. Teachers often set the tone of a classroom, just like actors make a show memorable. The most effective teachers do so in a way that encourages active student engagement. They share the stage, making everyone feel like they are part of the experience. This workshop will offer some acting tips for teachers who wish to increase their presence, confidence, and enthusiasm in the classroom. It will introduce you to some easy, practical exercises that can help improve these aspects of teaching and transform your classroom performance.philosophy statement.


Preparing your CCUT Portfolio

Wednesday, April 111h, 10:00am – 11:00am

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 Summer, the final date that you may submit your CCUT portfolio is Friday, May 4.

CCUT Information Session

Friday, April 131h, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Anudhi Munasignhe, CCUT Fellow

Location: Psychology East 3834

If you are planning on pursuing an academic career and would like the opportunity to develop your teaching toolbox and distinguish yourself from other applicants, please come to learn about UCSB's Certificate in College and University Teaching (CCUT) program.
Past recipients of the certificate report that completing the certificate greatly improved their teaching skills and enhanced their ability to secure jobs and promotions.

Please note that the CCUT certificate can only be awarded in conjunction with a PhD or MFA degree.


No RSVP is required for this session!

Efficient and Effective Grading of Student Writing

Tuesday, April 17th 10:00-11:00am

Facilitator: Jenna Santy, TA Pedagogical Advisor


As many TAs spend much time grading students' writing, 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 grading rubrics, written feedback, and anticipating potential grade disputes. Bring to this workshop: a. the prompts or instructions for a specific assignment and/or papers; b. (optional)

any grading rubrics or grading checklists you use.

Teaching to Multi-Level Groups

Wednesday, April 25th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Facilitator: Heather Macias, TA Pedagogical Advisor

Students come into our classrooms from different backgrounds with varying levels of prior knowledge. While this diversity of students [poses] some difficulties, such as how to determine an appropriate pace for the class to maximize student engagement, there are actually many advantages to this situation. In this workshop, we will discuss different ways to encourage learning at all levels and explore different types of section activities to build a community of learners in the classroom.

Mock Interviews & Debrief: Talk about your Teaching

Wednesday, April 25th, 11:00am – 12:00pm OR

Thursday, April 26th, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Facilitators: Drs. Mindy Colin and Lisa Berry, Instructional Development

Interested in a career in higher-education teaching? In this mock group interview, participants will have a chance to practice talking about their teaching. To foster authenticity, we will induce a mild degree of nervousness by videotaping participants. During a private follow-up session, you will have the opportunity to review your performance on videotape with an Instructional Consultant. Each session will be limited to 3-4 participants, so RSVP for one of the two sessions as soon as possible.


International TA Lunch Discussion

Thursday, April 26th, 12:15pm – 1:00pm

Location: SRB OISS Conference Room

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development with OISS and Graduate Division

Join Dr. Mindy Colin for a lunch discussion to gain valuable insights into best practices for succeeding as an international TA. This event is planned to create a casual yet supportive network for international TAs so that you can gain insights on cross-cultural classroom communication, share teaching techniques, benefit from each other, seek support in teaching situations, and develop individual teaching identities. Current and prospective TAs are welcome to join!


Graduate Student Teaching Symposium

Friday, May 4th, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Location: UCen State Street and Lobero Rooms

Featuring: Grad student presenters and Faculty from local City, State and UC Colleges


Instructional Development, Graduate Division, and the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships are pleased to announce UCSB's Graduate Student Teaching Symposium, a showcase of teaching excellence, with panel discussions and presentations about how to secure teaching jobs in higher education. For more information and to register, visit http://tales.id.ucsb.edu/grad-student-teaching-symposium/


Jump-Starting Discussion: Increasing Student Involvement

Tuesday, May 8th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Jenna Santy, TA Pedagogical Advisor

Fostering student participation is key to making discussion sections both effective and fun. We will discuss how you can prepare yourself, and your students, for lively discussions. These practical approaches can help students engage with the material, become more motivated scholars, and increase student interaction.

Instructional Video Tools at UCSB

Friday, May 18, 10:00am – 11:30am

Location: Video Services, Studio A 1200 Kerr Hall

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin and Eric Isaacs, Instructional Development


Get creative with video assignments and short tutorials for your classes at this overview of the instructional video tools available to TAs and students at UCSB. We will take a tour of the recording studios and demonstrate GauchoCast, the Learning Glass, Panopto, and Zoom.  


Effective use of Mobile Technology during Section

Friday, May 25, 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 smartphones, tablets, and laptops during section! Not only will we look at some great classroom games and apps, we will also cover how to manage student behavior regarding mobile technology use during class.


RSVP 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
TBD ESCI assistant1124 Kerr Hall


Breana Barakoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
faxfax: 805-893-5915