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Supervising Teaching Assistants (TAs)

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There are over 1,500 graduate students at Purdue who are currently teaching undergraduate classes. Their responsibilities range from having their own classes, to leading recitation or lab sessions, to grading homework assignments and tests for the instructor. These T.A.s are critical to the educational system at Purdue and it behooves those who supervise T.A.s to make their experience as successful as possible.

The Center for Instructional Excellence offers several programs to help T.A.s enhance their teaching skills. Two series of workshops are offered each semester. The College Teaching Workshop Series 1 is called The Basics of Teaching. These workshops are facilitated by members of the CIE staff. Topics include:

  • Student-Teacher Relationships: Establishing Rapport With Your Students
  • University Policies and Procedures Related to Teaching
  • Designing Instruction: Where Do You Start?
  • Presentation Techniques to Enhance Learning
  • Using Feedback and Assessment to Improve Your Teaching
  • Micro-Teaching: Practice Your Teaching
  • Discussion Techniques to Enhance Learning
  • Using Objective Tests
  • Using Subjective Tests and Assigning Grades
  • Dealing With Cheating: Prevention and Response

T.A.s can earn one credit hour by enrolling in EDCI 589A and attending 9 out of the 10 workshops.

The College Teaching Series 2: Expanding Your Teaching Toolbox workshops are presented by outstanding faculty on campus. T.A.s are encouraged to check the CIE Website for the list of new titles every semester.

CIE also offers a program called the Graduate Teaching Certificate where T.A.s can earn a certificate showing that they are interested in improving their teaching. Requirements include teaching two classes, participating in the Micro-Teaching workshop, being observed and reflecting on the observer's feedback, conducting mid-semester and end-of-semester course/instructor evaluations (and making appropriate changes in their course based on that feedback), and attending at least four workshops on college teaching. T.A.s interested in this program can contact S.J. Coffman at sjcoffman@purdue.edu.

T.As. are also very welcome to come to CIE and meet with a staff member one-on-one to discuss teaching or any problems they may have with their classes.

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