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Graduate TA Orientation

Teaching at the university level can be a challenging undertaking, especially in a diverse learning environment. To help newly-appointed graduate teaching assistants prepare for their teaching experience in our undergraduate classrooms and laboratories, the Graduate College sponsors a mandatory Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Orientation.  This workshop is held prior to the start of the fall and spring semesters. 

The workshop features speakers and interactive components designed to educate, empower, and inspire graduate teaching assistants in their roles as effective teachers in the undergraduate learning community at Florida Atlantic University. Topics include Effective Classroom Management Strategies, Dealing with Disruptive Students, Legal Issues in Higher Education, Diversity and Dedication at FAU, and more.

Spring 2015 GTA Agenda

8:30 —9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
8:55—9:00 a.m. Welcome Message – Dr. Deborah L. Floyd, Interim Dean of the Graduate College
9:00 – 9:45 a.m. Session I: Effective Classroom Teaching & Management Strategies -  
Dr. Ann Mulder, Professor of Higher Education Leadership, College of Education
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Session I Part 2: GTA Panel facilitated by Dr. Anne Mulder
10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Session II: Blackboard Training – Susan Bell, Manager of Instructional Technologies
11:30 – 11:45 a.m. Session III: Legal Issues in Higher Education - Daniel Jones, Office of General Counsel
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Session IV: Graduate Tuition Benefits 101 - Danielle Rose, Business Manager, Graduate College

Spring 2015: The Spring 2015 GTA Orientation will be held Friday, January 2nd, from 8:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m. in the Grand Palm Room, Student Union - Boca Raton campus. This upcoming workshop will feature Dr. Anne Mulder, Professor of Higher Education Leadership, who will deliver a highly interactive session on classroom management and teaching strategies.  In addition, Dr. Mulder will be facilitating a GTA Panel comprised of experienced TA’s from different departments.

This event, mandatory for all newly-appointed GTAs, prepares graduate students with essential information on teaching in higher education, including teaching strategies, student conduct, and legal matters.  In addition to new GTA’s, we encourage registration of current GTA’s needing a refresher and students who did not attend our past Fall 2014 GTA workshop.

Staff/faculty: To register newly-appointed GTAs for this event, CLICK HERE. Please contact Eileen Bustamante, ebustam1@fau.edu, with any questions.

 Last Modified 11/6/14