Center for Teaching and Learning

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.

Conference 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

Important dates for 2018

  • Monday, June 18: Conference registration begins
  • Monday, September 17: International TA Program workshops
  • Tuesday, September 18: TA Conference plenary and workshops
  • Wednesday, September 19: TA Conference workshops*

*We encourage TAs who observe Yom Kippur on Sept. 19 to participate in workshops offered on Sept. 18, and to access materials for workshops on Sept. 19 afterward on the TA Conference app.

Plenary session

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

Hear what 2017 plenary speakers Penny Poon, Julian Barr, Bingni Brunton, and Gino Aisenberg say about being a TA at the UW.


Workshop are led by experienced graduate students, faculty and staff from departments throughout the University and 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. 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

Visit our workshop descriptions page for more information.


Participants include graduate students who are new to their roles as TAs, and experienced TAs 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.