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Graduate Teaching Assistant 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.

Spring 2016: The Spring 2016 GTA Orientation will be held Friday, January 8th, from 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m., General Classroom North (GN), Room 101, on the Boca Raton campus ). Click here for the Boca Raton campus map.

This event, mandatory for all newly-appointed GTAs, This event prepares graduate students with essential information on teaching in higher education, including teaching strategies, student conduct, and legal matters. Current GTAs are also welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline: Tueday, December 22, 2015.

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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.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:55 - 9:00 a.m. Welcome Message and Overview – Dr. Deborah L. Floyd, Dean of the Graduate College and Professor
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Session I: What You Need to Know About the Law as a GTA -  
Daniel Jones, Assistant General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
10:00 - 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Session II: Effective Classroom Teaching and Management - GTA Panel facilitated by experienced GTAs.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session III: How the Graduate College Supports You as a GTA - Dr. Rivka Felsher, Director, Degree Completion Services, Ruben Jaen, Business Manager, and Nerissa Laurent-Dorlus, Coordinator of Administrative Support Services, Graduate College
12:00 - 12:05 p.m. Your Feedback Counts
12:05 - 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch on Your Own
Timeslots Afternoon Workshops (select two topics when registering):
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Research Resources for Students, at S. E. Wimberly Library, LY 136, with Ken Frankel, Associate University Librarian, FAU Libraries

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Online Instruction with Blackboard, at GN 101 with Willie Freeman, Director of eLearning, and Julie Golden, Assistant Director of eLearning, Center for eLearning

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or 2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Giving Feedback to Students, at SU 132, with Gianna Ramdin, Graduate Research Assistant, Higher Education Leadership Program, Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology, College of Education

Download the GTA Orientation agenda.

 Last Modified 12/4/15