Center for Teaching and Learning

Information for facilitators

Call for facilitators

We are currently accepting applications for workshop facilitators for this year’s TA Conference on Teaching and Learning.

If you are a graduate student with TA experience at the UW and interested in facilitating a workshop at the conference, we encourage you to apply. We welcome applicants from all disciplines. Review of applications begins April 21.

Important dates

  • Friday, April 21: Review of applications begins
    Apply now — review of applications will continue on a rolling basis until all workshop facilitator needs are filled (typically by mid-June).
  • Tuesday, September 12: Workshop planning sessions
    All facilitators are required to attend the 9:15 – 4:00 p.m. workshop planning sessions.
  • Monday, September 18: International TA Program workshops, 1:15 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 19: TA Conference plenary and workshops, 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 20: TA Conference workshops, 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.

For returning facilitators

If you have already facilitated workshops at the conference, you do not need to complete the application again. We will email you about returning for this year’s conference. You can also email us as taconf@uw.edu with questions.

Workshop offerings at the conference have changed

The conference now focuses on evidence-based norms, practices, and resources that help new TAs succeed as instructors. Graduate students who expect to be RAs will find resources and programs on professional development, working as an RA, and research skills through the Graduate School’s CORE Programs and the UW Libraries.

This year we are looking for facilitators for teaching workshops — not for workshops on being an RA, presenting research, or balancing graduate school demands. Please see the list of this year’s workshops on our conference program webpage.

If you have any questions contact us at taconf@uw.edu.

Conference information

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

Workshops will be offered September 19 and 20. Typically they have 25 to 30 participants and are facilitated by experienced graduate students, faculty, and staff from across campus.

For information about this year’s workshops and schedule, see the conference program and workshop descriptions.

Facilitator role and stipend

We are looking for graduate students who have had TA experience here at the UW and are interested in helping new TAs develop their teaching and professional skills. Once selected, facilitators will indicate the workshops they are interested in facilitating.

CTL staff coordinate required workshop planning sessions for all facilitators (new and returning) the week before the conference. At these sessions, facilitators will work together to review the goals of their workshop and to plan content, materials, and activities for the workshop.

What you can expect of CTL

We will:

  • Provide resources and ideas to help you develop and implement your workshop(s).
  • Assist you with strategies for effective workshop design and facilitation.
  • Connect you in planning discussions with other TAs who are facilitating the same workshop.
  • Provide you with feedback from the TAs who participated in your workshop(s).
  • Send you a letter documenting your work with the conference.

What CTL expects of you as a facilitator

We ask that you:

  • Participate in the workshop planning sessions on Tuesday, September 12.  All facilitators participate in an opening session (9:15-10:30). Beyond that, the exact time depends on which workshop(s) you will be facilitating.  Lunch is provided.
  • Provide us with feedback on your experience as a facilitator and on the conference as a whole.
  • Contact us with any questions or concerns.

Compensation

Facilitators will receive a $75 stipend for the first time they lead a particular workshop and $55 thereafter if they lead the same workshop more than once.

Apply to become a TA Conference workshop facilitator

If you are interested in becoming a workshop facilitator for this year’s conference, please complete the Online Facilitator Application. This form asks you for:

  • Contact information
  • Availability for the conference and planning sessions
  • A summary of your UW TA experience
  • A brief (250-word) statement on how you help students learn

Online Facilitator Application

After you submit your application, a CTL staff member will contact you to set up a group interview. During the interview, we will discuss expectations, the preparation process and schedule, possible workshop assignments, and questions you may have.

For questions and more information about facilitating at the conference, please contact taconf@uw.edu or call CTL 206-543-6588.