Center for Teaching and Learning

Information for facilitators

Call for facilitators

Graduate TAs: Are you interested in helping new TAs develop their teaching skills? The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) is looking for experienced TAs to facilitate workshops at the 2019 TA Conference on Teaching & Learning.

Eligibility

To facilitate a workshop at the TA Conference, you must:

  • Have experience as a graduate TA at the UW
  • Have attended a past TA Conference
  • Participate fully in the workshop planning session (September 10)
  • Be available during the TA Conference (September 17-18)
  • Be enrolled as a graduate student in the Autumn 2019 quarter

Important Dates for 2019

  • Call for workshop facilitators: Priority is given to applications received before May 6. All other applications are due May 24.
  • Workshop planning sessions: September 10 (9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
  • 2019 TA Conference workshops: September 17 (10:45 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.) and September 18 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Conference information

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

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

Workshops typically 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, see the workshop descriptions page.

Facilitator role

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

Facilitators will:

  • Check your UW email and reply between August 1 – 7 about your proposed workshop assignments.
  • Participate in the Workshop Planning Sessions in on Sept. 10.  All facilitators participate in an opening session (9:00-10:30). Additional session times will depend on which workshop(s) you will be facilitating (between 10:30-3:30). A light breakfast and lunch are provided.
  • Facilitate the workshops assigned to you in ways that meet the session goals and guidelines (we’ll share lots of materials with you for this, including examples from past facilitators).
  • Allow a full 5 minutes at the end of your workshop for your participants to offer feedback.
  • Use the TA Conference app during the conference (to collect feedback from participants, share handouts, give feedback during the Workshop Planning Session).
  • Provide us with feedback on your experience as a facilitator.

Compensation

Facilitators will receive a $75 stipend for the first time you facilitate a particular workshop, and $50 for the second (or third) time you facilitate that same workshop.

Application process

The online application form will ask you to:

  • Provide your contact information
  • Share a brief summary of your UW TA experience
  • Offer a brief (250-word) statement on how you help students learn
  • Confirm your availability for the facilitator planning sessions and TA Conference

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 answer any questions you may have.

Apply to be a facilitator

Returning facilitators

If you have already facilitated workshops at the TA 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.

Questions

For questions and more information about facilitating at the TA Conference, please contact taconf@uw.edu.