Tips for TAs


  • Kimberly Cavanagh
  • 2012 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Winner
  • Details

  • October 5, 2012
  • Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Teaching Assistants and Instructors confront a variety of issues, from the day-to-day necessities of teaching to making decisions about pedagogical approaches and course goals. This workshop will discuss methods for engaging students in the classroom, reaching course goals and learning outcomes, and presenting course material to make it relevant to students’ lives. The workshop will also address balancing teaching with scholarship and other academic demands.  Developing a “teaching portfolio” for graduate students preparing for the job market will also be discussed. All participants are invited to share tips to make teaching assignments more effective and enjoyable.

About the Facilitator

Kimberly Cavanagh was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award.
She is currently completing her PhD in Cultural Anthropology, is a Fulbright Scholar, and is a Visiting Instructor at USC Beaufort. Kimberly’s research on globalization, tourism development and the Middle East guides her work in the classroom where she encourages students to not only be aware of global cultures but also to appreciate and celebrate differences.