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TA Workshops & Professional Development Programs


for UCSB Graduate Students

Fall Quarter 2018

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 Fall Quarter Classroom

Wednesday, September 26, 12:00-1:00pm

Facilitator: Rachel Rys, TA Pedagogical Advisor


The start of a new school year 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 in your sections this fall. In this workshop, we will discuss activities and best practices that you can implement on the first day of section that will help get your students talking, thinking, and participating from Day 1.


Common Concerns of First-Time TAs

Friday, September 28, 10:00-11:00am

Facilitator: Rachel Rys, TA Pedagogical Advisor


Is Fall Quarter your first TA-ship? Then this workshop is for you. We will focus on some of the common concerns of first-time TAs, including strategies for preparing for section, engaging students in discussion, communicating with the course instructor, teaching lab content, and grading student work. Our discussion will be tailored to participants’ concerns, so bring your questions and concerns with you to the session.  


Teaching Quantitative Concepts

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10:00-11:00am

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Berry, Instructional Development

Students often find quantitative concepts difficult to understand and may respond by disengaging in the course. In this workshop, we will explore barriers to quantitative thinking and learn strategies that can be used to help students overcome those challenges.


International TAs: Communicating and Interacting with Your Students

Thurs, October 4, 2:00-3:00pm in Kerr 1200 Studio B

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development


In this workshop international graduate student TAs will discuss their responsibilities and role in undergraduate courses at UCSB. We will compare schooling in their home country and UCSB as a backdrop for determining appropriate ways to facilitate section and grade student work. We will also practice teaching strategies that support appropriate communication and interaction with UCSB students during class.

Jump-Starting Discussion: Increasing Student Engagement

Thursday, October 11, 11:00-12:00pm

Facilitator: Rachel Rys, TA Pedagogical Advisor


Student participation is key to making discussion sections both effective and enjoyable. In this workshop, we will talk about how you can prepare yourself—and your students—for lively in-class discussions. We will focus on practical strategies and interactive activities that will help make your sections more interactive, engaging, and memorable for your students.

Mentoring your Students

Tuesday, October. 16, 11:00-12:15

Facilitator: Holly Roose, Director, Promise Scholars Program

Location: Girvetz 2124

Mentoring students is one of the most important jobs that faculty and academics do. Volunteering or working as a mentor not only helps undergraduate students who need assistance, it also makes the graduate students who mentor more competitive on the job market. This workshop will provide information on the basics of mentoring; including identifying students in need; helping students’ organization; and improving student success in college.

RSVP: hroose2189@gmail.com


Instructional Media Tools at UCSB

Monday, October 22, 3:00-4:30pm

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development

Location: Video Services, Studio B 1200 Kerr Hall


Get creative with video assignments for students, screencasting, online office hours, and short video tutorials for labs at this overview of the instructional media tools available to TAs and students at UCSB. We will take a tour of the Kerr Hall recording studios and give you hands-on time with GauchoCast, the Learning Glass, Panopto, and Zoom.


Preparing Your CCUT Portfolio

Tuesday, October 23, 1:00-2:00pm

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 Dec 9th.


Grading Student Work

Thursday October 25, 1:00-2:00pm

Facilitator: Rachel Rys, TA Pedagogical Advisor


Spending all your time grading when you should be writing or in the lab? This workshop will discuss strategies for making the grading process more efficient for you and more effective for your students’ learning, including tips for creating rubrics, providing written feedback, and anticipating potential grade disputes. This workshop will be hands-on: Please bring assignment instructions for a specific assignment, project, and/or paper you are grading this quarter, as well as any grading rubrics or checklists you are expected to use.


Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Tuesday, November 6, 11:00-12:00pm

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.





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


TBDoffice manager 1130 Kerr Hall
faxfax: 805-893-5915