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TA Workshops & Professional Development Programs



for UCSB Graduate Students

Fall Quarter 2017

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/


Creating a Section Syllabus

Friday, September 29th, 10:00-11:00am

Facilitator: Jenna Santy, TA Pedagogical Advisor

Students Some TAs find it helpful to create a syllabus specifically covering discussion section goals, expectations and procedures, particularly if these are not covered at length in the larger course syllabus. In this workshop, we'll discuss what whould go in a section syllabus and why it might be useful to have one.

Teaching Quantitative Concepts

Tuesday, Oct. 10th, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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.

Common Concerns of First-Time TAs

Wednesday, October 11, 3:00pm –4:00pm

Facilitator: Heather Macias, TA Pedagogical Advisor

Is Fall Quarter your first TA-ship? Then this workshop is for you. Discussion activities will focus on concerns of particular interest to the participants who attend this session. Topics could include such issues as classroom management, trials and tribulations of being an authority figure, quick but effective ways to prepare for section, faculty-TA relations, getting discussion started, teaching labs, and grading.


Supporting UCSB’s International Students

Tuesday, October 19th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development

With the recent influx of international students, many TAs—new and experienced—may find themselves thinking of ways to adapt their sections to accommodate students with different cultural backgrounds and expectations. In this workshop, we will explore strategies to help international students engage in our classes, as well as consider methods to support these students with respect to written assignments, papers, exams, etc.

Giving Effective Feedback on Written Work

Monday, October 23rd, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Facilitator: Rachel Rys, TA Pedagogical Advisor

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  providing written feedback, encouraging student self-reflection, using grading rubrics, and anticipating potential grade disputes.  Bring to this workshop:  a. the prompts or instructions for a specific assignment, project, and/or paper; b. a sample student written assignment;  c. (optional) any grading rubrics or grading checklists you use.

Preparing Your CCUT Portfolio

Thursday, October 26th, 1:00pm – 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.

Crafting your Teaching Philosophy Statement

Tuesday, October 31th, 10:00am – 11:00am

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.



Effective Use of Mobile Technology during Section

Friday, November 3rd, 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 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.  



International TAs: Communicating and Interacting with UCSB Students

Tuesday, November 14th, 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Facilitator: Dr. Mindy Colin, Instructional Development

In this workshop UCSB’s international TAs will have the opportunity to discuss their successes and concerns about TAing at UCSB. We will also discuss particular classroom practices and teaching approaches that might be challenging to TAs from other countries when facilitating labs and discussion sections, and determine appropriate ways to deal with those challenges. We will then experiment with teaching strategies that support appropriate communication and interaction with UCSB students during class.



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