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Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows

Fall GTA Orientation

For more than 20 years, the New Graduate TA Orientation program has brought together new TAs, experienced TAs, and faculty from across the University for workshops designed to prepare TAs for their responsibilities as teaching assistants at Carolina. Participants meet in sessions with other TAs who have similar instructional duties in the coming year. The morning sessions offer concrete strategies for managing the TA’s dual role as teacher and student, preparing for the first day of class, and other information necessary to get off to a good start as a TA. These sessions also familiarize participants with University policies governing instructor and student conduct, including issues such as the Honor Code, sexual harassment, and amorous relations. The afternoon sessions address general pedagogical issues, such as overcoming apathy in the classroom, grading student work, and the special challenges that international TAs face.

 

Future Faculty Fellowship Program

The Future Faculty Fellowship Program (FFFP) is a five-day, intensive, interdisciplinary program developed for senior-level graduate students through collaboration with Student Government, the Graduate and Professional Student Federation, the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School. The FFFP is designed to provide a strong pedagogical foundation for graduate students who are assigned to independently teach undergraduate courses at Carolina by improving their instructional planning and teaching skills. The program also helps to prepare participants to meet their future faculty responsibilities in research, service, and leadership.

Consultations on Teaching

CFE consultants are available to meet with individual TAs to discuss teaching-related issues, ideas, or concerns. Examples of issues a TA may wish to address with a consultant include the development of a grading rubric for a specific course, a review of teaching evaluations, plans for a writing or project assignment, ideas for using a new teaching strategy, or methods to improve classroom dynamics.
 

Workshops and Seminars

The CFE holds a wide variety of workshops throughout the year on teaching-related topics specifically designed for teaching assistants and teaching fellows, such as "Overcoming Teaching Anxiety" and "Developing Your Syllabus." Departments or groups of TAs may also request a workshop on a specific topic and schedule a presentation time that is convenient for the participants.
 

Teaching Portfolios

The CFE provides consultations and workshops on planning and assembling teaching portfolios. Portfolios are most commonly used as a tool to improve one’s teaching and to provide evidence of one’s teaching skill to prospective employers.
 

Department-based TA Program Development

In cooperation with the Office of the Provost, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School, the CFE assists departments in developing TA training programs that prepare graduate students for their instructional responsibilities at the University and for their future careers as university professors and professionals.

 

For more information:

Donna Bailey, Teaching and Learning Consultant
dbailey1@email.unc.edu or (919) 962-9967