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TA Conference

About the TA Conference

The annual TA Conference on Teaching and Learning is designed to help graduate students prepare for their roles and responsibilities as Teaching Assistants (TAs) at the UW.

The Conference provides attendees with information and resources on teaching and learning at the University and opportunities to explore and develop a variety of teaching strategies. Participants are able to ask questions of experienced TAs in similar disciplines. There are also opportunities for participants to meet graduate students from other disciplines. The event supplements activities conducted in individual departments and many departments recommend specific workshops for their TAs to attend.

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Conference goals

The TA Conference aims to help prepare graduate students for their TA roles at UW by focusing on four goals:

  • Welcome new TAs to UW teaching and learning communities
  • Provide new TAs with specific strategies and practices that support their work
  • Connect new TAs to campus resources that sustain them and their instruction
  • Assist new TAs in developing questions about norms, practices and resources within their departments

Plenary session

The large plenary session offers graduate students the opportunity to learn more about their roles as TAs, about UW resources and policies, and to hear from faculty and experienced TAs.


The workshop sessions are led by experienced graduate students, faculty and staff from departments throughout the University. Workshops are designed to provide a forum for discussing effective teaching.  They also allow participants to raise questions and concerns they might have, and to interact with workshop facilitators and fellow graduate students. Workshop topics include:

      • Activities to Engage Your Students in Learning
      • Canvas Learning Management System
      • Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations
      • Including All Students: Teaching in the Diverse Classroom
      • Teaching Math, Science and Engineering Quiz Sections: First Day and Beyond
      • Teaching Your Own Class: First Day and Beyond

For descriptions of all workshops at this year’s conference, visit Workshop descriptions.


Many participants are graduate students who are new to their roles as TAs. Others are experienced graduate students who are taking on new teaching roles. Graduate students are welcome to attend the conference as many times as they wish over the course of their graduate careers.


The Conference is funded by the Graduate School and organized by the Center for Teaching and Learning in partnership with Learning Technologies.