2013 Conference – September 16th-18th
- Monday, Sept. 16th (1:00-4:00) – International TA Program Workshops
- Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 17th & 18th (9:00-4:00) – Workshops for all TAs and RAs
The annual TA/RA Conference on Teaching, Learning and Research is designed to help graduate students prepare for their roles and responsibilities as Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Research Assistants (RAs) at the UW. Over the course of their graduate career, graduate students may serve in both roles at different times.
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 and RAs in similar disciplines. There are also opportunities for participants to meet graduate students and faculty from other disciplines. The event supplements activities conducted in individual departments and many departments recommend specific workshops for their TAs and RAs to attend.
The Conference is held every September and is offered at no cost to UW graduate students. It is planned and implemented by the Center for Teaching and Learning in partnership with UW Libraries, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, and Learning and Scholarly Technologies. The Conference is funded by the Graduate School.
The large plenary sessions offer graduate students the opportunity to learn more about their professional roles as TAs and RAs, UW resources and policies, and to hear from experienced TAs and RAs.
The smaller 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 and/or working in a research setting to allow participants to raise questions and concerns, and to interact with workshop facilitators and fellow graduate students. Workshop topics include: “Teaching Math, Science, and Engineering Quiz Sections: First Day and Beyond,” “Dealing with Challenging Classroom Situations,” “Giving Your Course an Online Presence with Catalyst Web Tools,” and “Balancing Graduate School Demands.”
Many participants are graduate students who are new to their roles as TAs or RAs. Others are experienced graduate students who are taking on different classroom or lab responsibilities. Graduate students are welcome to attend the conference as many times as they wish over the course of their graduate careers.