Fall 2003 Required Training Seminars for New Teaching Assistants

July 21, 2003
The College of Engineering will sponsor five training sessions for new TA's this fall. If you are in your first year as a TA (Regardless of how long you have been in graduate school) you are required to attend the sessions on August 30 and September 5 and at least one additional session. Experienced teaching assistants and graduate students contemplating academic careers are also encouraged to attend the seminars. Survival Skills for Teaching Assistants (Required) Saturday, August 30, 9:00-3:00, 218 Withers Hall Lunch provided Dr. Richard Felder, Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, and Dr. Rebecca Brent, education consultant, will lead an interactive session designed to answer many of your questions about being a TA including "How should I handle homework and test grading?" "How should I approach recitations, labs, and office hours?" "How should I deal with cheating?" and "Where can I go for help?". Unlawful Harassment: What TA's should know Inside and Outside the Classroom (Required) Friday, September 5, 3:30-5:30, 218 Withers Hall Rhonda Sutton, Coordinator of NCSU's Harassment Prevention Program, will present critical information that every TA must know. I'm a Grader. Now What? Friday, September 12, 3:30-5:30, 218 Withers Hall Dr. Jim Nau, Professor of Civil Engineering, and Dr. Akhtar Tayebali, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, lead a session on how to be an efficient grader, including suggestions on how to deal with students who challenge their grades on homework and tests. How Students Learn, How Teachers Teach, and What Often Goes Wrong With the Process Friday, September 19, 3:30-5:30, 218 Withers Hall Dr. Richard Felder and Dr. Rebecca Brent lead a session on student learning styles. Find out about your own learning style and get ideas about how to work more effectively with different types of students. Getting Students to Work Effectively in Teams Friday, September 26, 3:30-5:30, 218 Withers Hall Dr. Lisa Bullard, Lecturer and Coordinator of Advising in CHE, will help you learn to work with student teams in laboratories and problem sessions. You'll find out about common problems with teams and ways to prevent and manage them. To register, contact Ms. Dale Beyer, no later than 5:00PM Friday, August 22 by sending an email with your name, department, and sessions you will attend to dgbeyer@eos.ncsu.edu.