TA Training

Teaching Assistant Training

TA Training

NEW FOR 2018:  Teaching Assistant Training is being moved to an online format. Additional details will be updated and included soon.

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 TA's new to teaching at SMU are required to attend the Teaching Assistant Seminar.

What is Teaching Assistant Training?

The Annual Teaching Assistant Training addresses common issues and campus-wide concerns for graduate students. You will learn about university policies and procedures, as well as an introduction to best teaching practices. This training does not replace the training offered by your department or school, but supplements the training you already receive.

Who should attend?

  • Graduate Students at SMU
  • You work directly with an undergraduate or graduate course
  • You anticipate being a Teaching Assistant in the next academic year 
  • You've never been a Teaching Assistant and are new to working with students

All graduate TA's who have not yet attended the seminar are required to do so. Note: you do not need to attend if you have previously attended TA training. The material and discussion will be the same.

Have a question about who should attend? Email us at cte@smu.edu