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GTA/GIA Orientation Workshops

All graduate students who will be newly appointed Graduate Teaching or Instructional Assistants (TAs) are required to participate in the university-wide TA Orientation (TAO) prior to teaching their first semester. TA Orientation is an important part of the University’s Graduate TA/IA Training Program and will help to ensure your success as a TA at UofSC.

GTA/GIA Orientation Workshops

All graduate teaching and instructional assistants must participate in two (2) three-hour orientation workshops, A and B, introducing graduate students to teaching at UofSC. These workshops provide concise, helpful information, resources and guidance on developing your teaching skills as you prepare to teach. Students can register and participate in these workshops in any order, but must participate in and complete both Workshop A and B.

COVID-19 Changes: The required GTA/GIA Orientations has been moved to a virtual environment and online platform following UofSC and CDC guidelines. Some TAO Workshop sessions are synchronous while others are asynchronous, with completion required prior to the start of classes. All required synchronous session will be held within a student’s pre-registered time slots - no additional scheduling is neededPlease note though that students are still required to register for both Workshops A and B because planning for the synchronous breakout sessions (discipline-specific, varying TA responsibilities such as graders, lab instructors, etc.) will be based on the registered participant TA demographics. Thus, we ask that students keep those dates and times reserved in their schedule.

A TA Orientation Information Sheet will be provided in early December with more detailed instructions.

NOTE:  Deadline for TA Orientation registration is Wednesday, December 30, 2020Advance registration is required.  Registration link is at the bottom of the page.

 Spring 2021 TA Orientation Workshops

Date 9 a.m. - Noon 1 - 4 p.m. Location

Wednesday,  Jan. 6

Workshop A

Workshop B

Online Synchronous / Asynchronous

Workshop A


  • FERPA policies (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
  • University policies
  • Discrimination and sexual harassment
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Dealing with different types of disruptive student behavior:
    • Counseling and Human Development Center (CHDC)
    • Student Care and Outreach Team Care Team
    • USC Police
  • Other University resources

Workshop B


  • Teaching preparation and first-day tips
  • Workload management
  • Establishing the teacher-student relationship
  • Engaging students
  • Grading objectively
  • Classroom challenges
  • Discipline-specific Veteran TA Panels
  • Duty-specific sessions with experienced TAs

Any student who misses TA Orientation must contact Michelle Hardee, TA Training Program Manager, at or 803-777-1975.

PLEASE NOTE regarding your registration confirmation, that confirmation of registration will be by email within a week of registration receipt. If you have any questions or problems, please contact Michelle Hardee, TA Training Program Manager,

Register for Spring 2021 TA Orientation

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