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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.

Fall 2016: The Fall 2016 GTA Orientation will be held Friday, August 19th, from 8:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m., in GN 101 and GS 101, 102, and 103 for breakout sessions, on the Boca Raton campus). Click here for the Boca Raton campus map.

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. Current GTAs are also welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline: Wednesday, August 10, 2016.


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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.

GTA Orientation Agenda

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 - Liana Smith, 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. SITA Fall 2016 Course Overview - Dr. Yekaterina Davis, Assistant Director of International Services (recommended for international teaching assistants)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. or 2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Research Resources for Students - Ken Frankel, Associate University Librarian, FAU Libraries and Kristy Padron, Coordinator of Student Learning Outcomes and Faculty Outreach

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

Online Instruction with Blackboard - 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 - Gianna Ramdin, Graduate Research Assistant, Higher Education Leadership Program, Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology, College of Education

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Tips for Teaching International Students - Dr. Yekaterina Davis, Assistant Director of International Services

 Last Modified 7/27/16