Teaching Assistant Training Program

The OID TA Training Program assists TAs at UCLA to improve their teaching and advance their professional development.

 
If you are like the majority of UCLA graduate students, you will undertake the role of a Teaching Assistant at some point during your graduate career.  Becoming a successful TA is a skill that requires practice, preparation, and the collection of feedback and suggestions for improvement.  The TA Training Program website is designed to answer your questions and direct you to helpful resources. 
 
TA Training Workshops
 
Each quarter, TA Training Program offers introductory teaching workshops useful to both North and South Campus graduate students. All of our workshops are held in small-group settings, with hands-on activities and lots of time for questions and discussion. Whether you are currently TAing or would like to TA in the future, please join us to learn new strategies and skills for the classroom. These workshops are offered throughout each quarter beginning in Week 2 of Fall Qaurter. Please contact Jennifer (tatp@oid.ucla.edu) for more information.

Annual Campuswide TA Conference

Each year the OID TA Training Program organizes a conference designed to provide pedagogical training and resource information for both new and continuing TAs. This year, the conference is expanding to two days--the Monday and Tuesday of Week 0. The conference kicks off with a complimentary breakfast during registration, and an informative resource fair that connects TAs with essential campus resources for teaching undergraduates. The conference provides a series of introductory and advanced teaching workshops useful to both North and South Campus graduate students. In addition we offer further pedagogical training through the expertise of professors and experienced TAs during our keynote address, and our distinguished teaching panel. The keynote, delivered by expert faculty, will introduce you to UCLA's undergraduates and their needs. The panel will provide insight and advice as you prepare for your teaching. Finally we end the second day with complimentary coffee and sweets as well as a raffle for prizes. 

TA Conference Coordinator:

Jennifer MacGregor
190 Powell Library
tatp@oid.ucla.edu
Office: 310-206-2622
Fax:    310-206-1455
Campus Mail Code: 156004

Departmental TA Training and the TAC Program

Many UCLA departments require their TAs to complete a 495 Seminar designed to prepare them for the TA role. Those seminars are organized, developed, and taught jointly by a faculty member and an experienced graduate student holding the title of a TA Consultant (TAC). The TA Training Program is involved with the selection and training of all TACs.

TA Training Program Coordinator:

Michelle Gaston
190 Powell Library
mgaston@oid.ucla.edu
Office: 310-206-2622
Fax:    310-206-1455
Campus Mail Code: 156004

UCLA TA Resources

Learn about the hiring procedures, detailed responsibilities, and campus resources. Find out how a TA can request up to $250 for classroom activities by completing a TA Mini-grants Form. Get help with teaching and grading through the Teach2write website. And for new or experienced TA’s, visit the Surviving the First Quarter of Teaching website, a resource on how to prepare for the first day of teaching and beyond.

 

     

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