TA Orientation and Workshops

August 22, 2018 - 8:15am to 3:15pm
Ritter Hall, Walk Auditorium

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 Just Act brings tough classroom situations to life through role-play. 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. 

TAs should also attend Canvas training. Details for these workshops coming soon!


TA Orientation 2018 Agenda




8:15 am – 9:00 am

Registration, Walk Auditorium Lobby

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Morning General Session, Walk Auditorium

Welcome from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) and the Graduate School

-Stephanie Fiore, Assistant Vice Provost, CAT

-JoAnne Epps, Executive Vice President and Provost, TU

-Zeb Kendrick, Vice Provost, Graduate School

9:15 am – 10:15 am

What Would You Do? Dealing with the Tough Stuff

-Lisa Jo Epstein, Just Act

Faculty and Resource Panel:

-Rickie Sanders, Dept. of Geography and Urban Studies

-Natalie Flynn, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences

-Alison McKee, Wellness Resource Center

-Maria Lorenz, Dept. of Mathematics

10:15 am – 10:30 am


10:30 am – 11:30 am

Breakout Session 1 (See Session Abstracts for details)

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

Lunch (Provided by the CAT)

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Breakout Session 2 (See Session Abstracts for details)

1:15 pm – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Afternoon General Session, Walk Auditorium

How Would You Do It? Creating an Inclusive Classroom

-Simuelle Myers, Assistant Director, CAT

-Pete Watkins, Associate Director, CAT

-Aaron Spector, Director, Disability Resources and Services

3:00 pm – 3:05 pm

Who Would You Ask? Resource Centers on Campus

3:05 pm – 3:15 pm

Closing Remarks and Giveaways


Click to view the TA Orientation & Workshops Program. It contains live links to the TU campus map, resource center websites on campus, and more! 


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



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 cat@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 cat@temple.edu!



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."


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