More than 400 new teaching assistants at the University of Florida will be attending the Orientation for Graduate Teaching Assistants on Aug. 13.
I’m honored to be one of the faculty on the program. The orientation always is an upbeat and exciting time as we help the teaching assistants begin their teaching at UF.
The half-day orientation includes presentations by veteran faculty and a panel discussion of outstanding teaching assistants and faculty who coordinate TAs.
The panel includes Falcon Restrepo-Ramos and Morgan Yacoe, who I had the opportunity to observe last year as a member of the Graduate Student Teacher Awards Committee.
Here’s the program:
8:30 am – 9:00 am Check-in
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome and Orientation Overview
Dr. R. Paul Duncan, Senior Associate Dean, Graduate School
9:15 am – 10:00 am Planning for Learning
Dr. Elizabeth Bondy, Professor, School of Teaching & Learning
10:00 am – 10:15 am Graduate Assistants United: Creating a Professional Working Environment at UF
10:15 am – 10:30 am BREAK
10:30 am – 11:15 am Preparing for the First Week of Class
Dr. Julie Dodd, Professor Emeritus, Journalism & Communications
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Advice From Panel of Experts
- Andrew Wolpert, Associate Professor, Classics, Director of IDS 1161: What is the Good Life and UF Quest 1
- E. Christine Davis, Senior Lecturer & Undergraduate Coordinator, Biology
- Melanie K. Viege, Senior Lecturer, Director of General Chemistry
- Falcon Restrepo-Ramos, Spanish & Portuguese Studies
- Morgan Yacoe, Art and Art History
- Ashley Erb, Chemistry
- Chris Brewer, Chemistry
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Center for Teaching Excellence: Passport to Great Teaching: TA Edition
Jennifer K. Smith, Director
Alexandra Bitton-Bailey, Ph.D. Candidate, Academic Innovation Specialist
The program will be from 8:30 am to 12:30 in Carleton Auditorium.