Fall TA Orientation

Last year's TA Orientation was 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.


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




* 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


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.