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TA Training

Teaching Assistant Training

TA Training

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.

Save the Date! 

23rd Annual Teaching Assistant Seminar
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 1-4PM
Annette Simmons Hall, Room 138, 144

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Official schedule coming soon. 


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.

There will be no additional sessions of this training offered until August 2018.

Have a question about who should attend? Email us at



2016 Teaching Assistant Seminar Schedule

 1:00 pm    Welcome and Introductory Remarks 
 1:10 pm
   Evidence Based Strategies Designed to Help Students Learn
 1:40 pm    Faculty Panel
 2:15 pm    Break
 2:35 pm
   Details, Details, Details: Things You Need to Know About Working with Students
 2:50 pm    Honor Code
 3:15 pm
   Student Panel
 3:50 pm
   Closing Remarks
 4:00 pm
   The International TA & the American Classroom
                *required for international students