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Thirteenth Annual New TA Orientation and Teaching Workshops

13th Annual New TA Orientation & Workshops
Thursday, August 21, 2014
8.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Ritter Hall, Walk Auditorium


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The annual New TA Orientation and Teaching Workshops is just around the corner! Teaching Assistants from across the University will participate in sessions that will help them prepare for teaching at Temple.

  • About
  • Agenda
  • Facility Map
  • FAQs
  • Resources
  • Registration

About the Orientation

This orientation will prepare TAs to be excellent teachers at Temple University. At the general sessions, TAs will learn who Temple students are as well as what resources are available to support them. Teaching concerns will be eased as InterACTion Theater Troupe brings tough classroom situations to life. Topical breakout sessions will focus on various aspects of teaching, such as motivating and engaging students, facilitating discussions, grading, and more.

Participation for New Temple Teaching Assistants (0-1 semesters) is mandatory. Returning TAs are encouraged to attend. Don't miss this opportunity to network and share ideas with other Temple TAs across the disciplines.

Previous participants said...

"The breakout session was great, engaging, informative, and really opened my eyes to the possibilities and pitfalls of discussions."

"I learned of TLC's tools, resources, and support system for TA's that I plan to use throughout the year."

"The most valuable aspect of the orientation was meeting other TAs, being able to discuss topics with my peers and get valuable feedback in the large forum."


8.00am-9.00am Registration and continental breakfast
  General Session
9.00am-9.15am Welcome from the Teaching and Learning Center and the Graduate School
--Pete Watkins, Associate Director, TLC
--Zebulon Kendrick, Vice Provost, Graduate School
9.15am-10.30am “What would you do? - Dealing with the Tough Stuff"
--Theatre of the Oppressed and faculty panel
10.30am-10.45am Break
10.45am-12.00pm Breakout Session 1
12.00pm-1.00pm Lunch (on your own)
1.00pm-2.15pm Breakout Session 2
2.15pm-2.30pm Break
  General Session
2.30pm-4.00pm "What would you do?" Part II
4.00pm-4.45pm Not just what we teach, but whom we teach: Who are Temple students?
--Rebecca Alpert, Professor, Religion, College of Liberal Arts (CLA)
4.45pm-5.00pm Closing and raffle



Facility Map

Ritter Hall & Walk Auditorium

Ritter Hall is located at Montgomery Avenue and 13th Street. It is #40 on the campus map.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Am I required to attend this event? You are required to attend this event if you are a new TA at Temple and you have never attended a New TA Orientation at Temple University. You are considered a New TA if this is your first or second semester as a TA at Temple, even if you have taught previously (as an adjunct at Temple, as an adjunct or TA at another institution, etc.).

2. My department’s orientation is on the same day as this event. Which orientation should I attend? This orientation is mandatory for all new TAs. If your department's orientation is on the same day, please make arrangements with them to attend the New TA Orientation. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us immediately. Our email address is tlc@temple.edu.

3. I attended the New TA Orientation last year. Should I attend this year? We strongly encourage you to attend the breakout sessions. These sessions change each year, so it will be a new and beneficial experience.

Help us make this FAQ comprehensive by e-mailing us your question at tlc@temple.edu!


2014 General Resources

Davis, Barbara Gross. “The First Days of Class.” In Tools for Teaching, 37–54. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009.

Student Safety Nest

2014 General Session Presentations

2014 Breakout Session Presentations


Blackboard Basics Session (August 20, 2014)



TA Orientation and Workshops (August 21, 2014)


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