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 25: Conference registration begins
  • Monday, September 17: International TA Program workshops
  • Tuesday, September 18: TA Conference plenary and workshops
  • Wednesday, September 19: TA Conference closing plenary and workshops*
  • Monday, September 24: An additional session of In It Together: TAs and Mental Health @ UW offered 9:30-10:45 a.m.

*We encourage TAs who observe Yom Kippur on Sept. 19 to participate in workshops offered on Sept. 18. TAs may access Sept. 19 workshop materials on the TA Conference app after Yom Kippur.

Opening Plenary

Graduate Teaching Assistantships at the UW – What You Can Look Forward To

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

  • David Domke, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication
  • Christian K. Love, Doctoral Student and Graduate Staff/Research Assistant, College of Education
  • Nihit Pokhrel, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry
  • Kazumi Tolich, Lecturer, Department of Physics

Closing Plenary

In It Together – TAs and Mental Health @ UW

Co-facilitated by Natacha Foo Kune (Counseling Center) and Ken Yasuhara (College of Engineering)

Data shows that the most common health risks to graduate and undergraduate students in 2018 are anxiety and depression. In the closing plenary, participants explore the connections between mental health and academic success at UW. They learn and practice ways to support students, colleagues, and themselves. In addition, participants emerge with information on campus-based resources as well as community or cohort support.


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: Quick Start
  • Equity & Access: Teaching Practices in the Diverse Classroom
  • Teaching Math, Science and Engineering Quiz Sections: First Day and Beyond
  • Teaching Your Own Class: First Day and Beyond
  • What if? You Can’t Anticipate Everything That Might Happen, So…

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.

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Do you have questions about the Conference’s online registration system or the app? Please visit our FAQs page.