The TA Program hosts workshops during the academic year focusing on problems and issues that TAs face.  Graduate students, faculty, and administrators wishing to present in this series of workshops may submit a proposal or email Shawn Loner (scloner@syr.edu) in the Graduate School indicating the title, content, and proposed date of their presentation, and describing how the program will benefit TAs and other graduate students. Proposals will be assessed on the basis of their practical value and broad relevance to the TA population.

Fall 2017 Schedule

“What they didn’t tell me in orientation”: A follow-up workshop for TAs, moderated by  teaching mentors. Friday, September 29, 12:30-2:00 pm in Lyman Hall 229.

  • Whether you have been teaching for a few weeks, a semester, or years, there are always new issues and unexpected situations that arise in the classroom.   Come join a panel of experienced Teaching Mentors as we revisit TA Orientation by discussing the most pressing issues and concerns that you have about your TA role and your performance in the classroom.  All TAs (new, current, and former) are welcome for a spirited discussion of what issues concern you most. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To RSVP, email scloner@syr.edu, by Wednesday, 9/27/17. Please email scloner@syr.edu if you need any accommodations.

Dealing with a Violent Campus Event: A Public Safety seminar, Friday, October 20, 12:30-2:00 pm in Lyman Hall 228

  • With the number of school/mass shootings and other violent events seemingly on the rise, it is imperative for TAs and instructors to know what to do in the unlikely event that something should happen at SU.  This public safety training session will discuss the practical concerns and procedures for dealing with such an event.  The discussion will also address the specific laws of NY State and the policies of Syracuse University as they concern the carrying of weapons on campus and how they differ from other states and institutions.  Lastly, the session will address any general safety concerns that you might have. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To RSVP, please email  scloner@syr.edu by Wednesday, 10/18/17.  Please email scloner@syr.edu if you need any accommodations.

Handling the End of the Semester: Dealing with Stress, Promoting Wellness, and Managing your Time Effectively, Friday, November 10, 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Lyman Hall 228

  • While the rest of the semester can be stressful, the looming end of the semester can be a particularly trying time for Teaching Assistants. With the increasing demands of students, the additional grading, and your own approaching deadlines, TAs often feel overwhelmed at this time.  In this interactive workshop we will discuss how a TA can overcome these challenges as well as provide a practical set of tips, techniques, and skills to help TAs manage their time, stress, and achieve a sense of wellness. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To RSVP, please email  scloner@syr.edu by Wednesday, 11/8/17.  Please email scloner@syr.edu if you need any accommodations.

Portfolio Construction:  Focusing on Writing your Teaching Philosophy statement, Friday, November 17, 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Hall of Languages 214

  • The articulation of one’s Teaching Philosophy is often the most time consuming and difficult activities that goes into the creation of a Teaching Portfolio.  It is also one of the most important.  This session will engage participants with some strategies for reflecting  upon their own teaching and how best to articulate their particular views on pedagogy.  Interest and time permitting, the development of a draft of one’s teaching philosophy will be workshopped. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To RSVP, please email  scloner@syr.edu by Wednesday, 11/15/17.  Please email scloner@syr.edu if you need any accommodations.