Center for Teaching Excellence
Welcome to graduate studies at SMU. Part of the support we provide—and the opportunities we offer—to our graduate students is the Teaching Assistantship. These positions frequently involve classroom or laboratory contact with undergraduate students, and the Center for Teaching Excellence can provide training and resources for that new role.The responsibility of a TA is a significant one in undergraduate education. It puts you in a unique position of influence, with the authority of a teacher combined with your closeness in age to your students providing a mentoring opportunity and a sympathetic ear.
Our website provides tips from various sources to help you as you begin this challenge. In addition to general resources about teaching and relevant SMU policies the CTE website contains some advice aimed specifically at TAs.
All TAs new to teaching at SMU are required to attend the Teaching Assistant Seminar.
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Beth Thornburg , Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
James Quick, Vice President for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies
The TA and the First-Year Student's Academic Development
Vicki L. Hill, Assistant Dean for the University Curriculum
Details, Details, Details: Things You Need to Know about Dealing with Students
Academic Integrity, Student Privacy Laws & Students in Crisis
BREAK - Refreshments
Responsibilities of the Teaching Assistant
Challenges of the Teaching Assistant
The International TA & the American Classroom (All Int'l TAs must attend)
John Wheeler, Director, ESL Program
New Faculty Teaching Excellence Program
Teaching Effectiveness Symposium
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