Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAOr)


Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAOr) is a week-long orientation program for new teaching assistants at Purdue. Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAOr) for new GTAs is conducted in the fall semester on the Wednesday prior to the first week of classes. Students looking to meet the criteria for the Graduate Teacher Certificate may either attend the all-campus TAOr, which is facilitated by CIE, or an equivalent program offered in the department in which they hold their teaching appointment (the orientation must cover an equivalent amount of teaching topics). GTAs who did not attend TAOr prior to their first semester of teaching should contact CIE in order to register for a future orientation experience or enroll in additional workshops.

Registration Process

TAOr is coordinated through individual academic departments. Information is sent to the following positions in each department, using contact information listed on The Purdue Graduate School website: department head, graduate committee chair, and graduate contact. Correspondence is sent via Purdue email on the following schedule:

End of May: Announcement of TAOr dates, session descriptions, and a reservation form which must be completed and returned to CIE with estimates on the number of participants in each session.

Mid-July: Confirmation of spaces being held in each session for the department, and a form for entering each participant’s name and email (for check-in). Each department is responsible for sending schedules to each student, assuring that each participant has his/her PUID card, and reminding them to sign in at TAOr to receive credit for attending.

Week prior: CIE’s registration system will generate a reminder email a day or two prior to each session, and remind participants to bring their PUID cards to sign in.

and follow-up

Week 0: CIE staff handles on-site sign-in electronically. Reports of a graduate student’s participation can be generated afterward for department requirements and CIE certification*. We also ask for feedback on the sessions from participants and use this information in planning the following year’s orientation.

Week 1: CIE staff conducts individual playback sessions for participants who completed micro-teaching. These 30-minute playback consultations are conducted at the Hall for Discovery and Learning Research. Attendance is taken.

*Graduate students interested in completing any of the three-tiers of the Graduate Teacher Certificate program sponsored by the Teaching Academy, and administered by CIE, must complete TAOr, including micro-teaching and playback.

TAOr overview document (.pdf)

Questions about TAOr, or any of the other resources offered to support graduate teaching excellence, may be directed to cie@purdue.edu.

Fall 2017 Schedule 

Fall 2017 Schedule

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