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.

Spring 2017 Schedule

Difficult Dialogues: Critical Conversation in a Time of Uncertainty, panelists: Kimberly Williams Brown, Kelsey John, Laura Jaffee, Bernetta Parson, Justin Freedman, and Nneka Eke. Friday, February 17, 1:00-2:30 pm in Lyman Hall 228.

  • In the current political climate, many people are uncertain about not just issues that affect their morals and judgments but also about issues that will impact their everyday lived realities. In this session, we will dialogue about ways to talk with students, classmates, friends and colleagues about difficult subjects that in a polarized society may induce much emotion and fear. Especially as TAs, despite your content area, you will have to navigate through these issues. In this panel discussion session, we will dialogue about strategies to having productive, nuanced conversations, self-care and equip you with a few tools to successfully navigate the political terrain. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To register: Email Shawn Loner at scloner@syr.edu by Wednesday, February 15. Please let Shawn know of any accommodations you may need.

Images of Assessment – Focusing on Learning, presented by Jacob Hall and Mary Wilhelm-Chapin, Friday February 24, 1:00-2:30 pm in Lyman Hall 228.

  • Effective assessments have been shown to significantly impact learning, yet for some, assessing learning remains an enigma. At this interactive workshop, we will frame assessment as much more than a way to assign grades to students. We will explore how assessments can be an integral part of the learning process. We will also share a few of our favorite assessment resources! Come to this workshop prepared to share your assessment experiences and ready to learn from fellow participants! Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To register: Email Shawn Loner at scloner@syr.edu by Wednesday, February 22. Please let Shawn know of any accommodations you may need.

Understanding and Assessing Academic Integrity, presented by Academic Integrity Staff, Friday, March 3, 12:00-1:30 pm in Lyman Hall 228.

  • Academic integrity is a necessary foundation of Higher Education and central to the goals and workings of Syracuse University.  All faculty, staff, and students must adhere to the rigorous AI standards set out by Syracuse University.  This is especially incumbent on Teaching Assistants who straddle the line between student and instructor and who are often the first line when it comes to enforcing academic integrity.  As of the start of 2017, SU implemented a new Academic Integrity policy.  This workshop will discuss the Academic Integrity policy, both what has remained consistent and what elements have been changed.  We will also discuss what to do if you suspect a student of dishonesty as well as how the evaluation and adjudication process works.  Lastly, we will offer some tips for both fostering academic integrity in your classrooms and how to avoid academic dishonesty in your own graduate work. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To register: Email Shawn Loner at scloner@syr.edu by Wednesday, March 1st. Please let Shawn know of any accommodations you may need.

 

Fall 2016 Schedule

Revisiting Orientation: a follow-up workshop for TAs, moderated by  teaching mentors, Ioana Turcan and Caleb McWhorter. Friday, September 16, 1:00-2:30 pm in Lyman Hall 126.

  • 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.  Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To RSVP, email scloner@syr.edu, by Wednesday, 9/14/16. Please email scloner@syr.edu if you need any accommodations.

Dealing with a Violent Campus Event: A Public Safety seminar, facilitated by DPS officer Cleveland McCurty Jr. Friday, September 23, 1:00-2:30 om in Lyman Hall 126.

  • While not the most comforting notion, with the number of school 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. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To RSVP, email scloner@syr.edu by Wednesday, 9/21/16.  Please email scloner@syr.edu if you need any accommodations.

Being a Responsible Employee: Your Role, Responsibilities, and Resources concerning Sexual and Relationship Violence on Campus, presented by Christina Percoski and Megan Deitz. Friday, October 28, 1:00-2:30 pm in Lyman Hall 126.

  • There are many situations that Teaching Assistants may face for which they are unprepared and many responsibilities that they tasked with for which they may be unaware.  While many of us might wish to believe that forms of discrimination and gender/sexual violence don’t happen, the sad realities is that they do occur and occur much too often.  Do you know what to do if a student tells you “in confidence” that a professor made advances to them? Or if the professor confides in you that they have fallen in love with a student? How do you respond if a student tells you that they were sexually assaulted at a party on Friday night? What are your responsibilities? What are your rights if you are accused of making a comment that is offensive to a student and that student has complained about you?  Representatives from both the Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services office and the Counseling Center/Sexual and Relationship Violence Response Team will be here to address these concerns and more.  As both a student and a teacher, understanding your rights, responsibilities and the resources available to you and your students are essential for your success as a TA. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the GSO. To RSVP, email scloner@syr.edu by Wednesday, 10/26/16.  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 4, 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall 126.

  • 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, email scloner@syr.edu by Wednesday, 10/26/16.  Please email scloner@syr.edu if you need any accommodations.