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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 GTA/GIA Training Program and will help to ensure your success as a TA at USC.

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 USC. 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 will be moved to a virtual environment and online platform due to the number of students participating (over 400) and following UofSC and CDC guidelines. Some TAO Workshop sessions will be synchronous while others will be asynchronous, with completion required prior to the start of classes. Any required synchronous session will be held within students’ pre-registered time slots - no additional scheduling is needed. Please note though that students are still required to register for a specific day and time 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 for that day. Thus, we ask that students keep those dates and times reserved in their schedule.  


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

Note: Deadline for TA Orientation registration is Friday, August 7, 2020Advance registration is required.  Registration link is at the bottom of the page.

 Fall 2020 TA Orientation Workshops

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

Wednesday Aug. 12

Workshop A

Workshop B

Online Synchronous / Asynchronous

Thursday Aug. 13

Workshop B

Workshop A

Online Synchronous / Asynchronous

Tuesday Aug. 18

Workshop A

Workshop B

Online Synchronous / Asynchronous

Wednesday Aug. 19

Workshop B

Workshop A

Online Synchronous / Asynchronous

Workshop A

Topics:

  • 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 (CHDC, BIT, USC Police)
  • University Resources
 

Workshop B

Topics:

  • 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 Dr. Michelle Hardee, TA Training Program Manager, at hardeem@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-1975.

PLEASE NOTE regarding your registration confirmation:

Confirmation of registration will be by email within a week of registration receipt via a list of Confirmed Dates for Registered Participants. Be sure to check this list to confirm your registered dates and times.  

If you have any questions or problems, please contact Dr. Michelle Hardee, TA Training Program Manager, at the Center for Teaching Excellence, hardeem@mailbox.sc.edu (preferred) or 803-777-1975.

Register for Fall 2020 TA Orientation


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