TA Orientation

Overview

Nearly every undergraduate student at Hopkins interacts at some point with a teaching assistant (TA) who functions in an instructional capacity, and many Hopkins TAs are the full-time faculty of the future.  The mission of the TA Training Institute is to enhance the instructional experience of undergraduate students and to introduce Hopkins TAs to good instructional theory and practice.

TA Orientation

This year's TA Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 from 8:30-1:00PM (Hodson Hall - level 2, Homewood Campus). The TA Orientation is mandatory for all first-time graduate teaching assistants of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering.

 

SCHEDULE
 

* 8:00 AM - 8:45 AM On-site Registation & Continental Breakfast (Hodson level 2 lobby)

 

PLEANARY SESSION BEGINS IN HODSON AUDITORIUM 110

 

* 8:45 AM Opening Remarks

   Matthew Roller, Vice-Dean of Graduate Education, KSAS

   Michael Reese, Associate Dean, CER

 

* 9:00 AM Students with Disabilities

   Terri Massie-Burrell, Director, Student Disability Services

 

* 9:15 AM Academic Assistance for Undergraduates

   Jessica Martin-KSAS, Janet Weise-WSE, Academic Advising

 

* 9:30 AM Relating to Your Students

   Durriya Meer, Staff Psychologist, Counseling Center

 

* 9:45 AM Ethics and Academic Integrity

   Dana Broadnax, Director of Student Conduct

 

* 10:00 AM Faculty Expectations of a Teaching Assistant

   Richard Shingles, Director, TA Training Institute

 

* 10:15 AM - 12:00 PM Breakout Sessions (refer to program onsite for location/details)

 

* 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Luncheon

 

Please note: Some departments have additional TA training planned throughout the week. This is in ADDITION to the mandatory TA Orientation held on 8/27/19.

 


Resources for Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistant Manual
The TA Training Institute has developed a manual for TAs called “Making the Difference.” The manual lists general teaching resources available at Hopkins – e.g., TA-specific services offered by the library, services offered to students with disabilities, faculty responsibilities in working with such students, etc. Printed copies of the TA Manual are distributed at the TA Orientation in September and are available from the CER throughout the year.

Teaching Assistant Training Videos


GRO:

CER has worked with the GRO to ensure its members are informed of all changes to the TA Training program. CER has met with the GRO board to discuss items to go into a TA Training section of the Graduate Student Portal. The GRO website links to the CER website, which in turn, links to TA Training. The GRO also distributes TA training-related information through its list-serv.