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Calling First-time TAs - An Orientation Conference - "Making the Difference" - is coming up!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:30AM-1:00PM
Hodson Hall, Homewood Campus

Effective teaching is essential both to your academic future and our students' university education. Arts & Sciences and Engineering Deans, the Graduate Representative Organization (GRO) and the Center for Educational Resources (CER) are co-sponsoring a half-day introduction to good instructional practice. All first-time TAs whose appointments are either in the fall or spring terms of AY 14-15 are required to attend.


  • Experienced faculty discuss a broad range of topics directly related to your TA assignments
  • Senior staff will cover administrative issues and how to handle them (e.g., academic ethics, sexual harassment, dealing with "difficult" students)
  • Plenty of time for questions and discussion
  • Teaching Assistant Training Manual - "Making the Difference" - distributed
  • Great breakfast and lunch and time to meet fellow TAs

Full descriptions of the breakout workshops are available. If you have questions about any of the workshops or about the registration process, please contact Richard Shingles of the Center for Educational Resources at 410.516.4679 or


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2014 Eyes on Teaching Workshops

Intended for those with little or no formal pedagogical training, these workshops are designed to prepare instructors to teach effectively at the university level.

Workshops are open to all graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, lecturers, and faculty with instructional appointments in Arts & Sciences or Engineering. This PDF Brochure has more details.

Fall 2014 Workshops
Time: 1:30PM-2:30PM
Location: Brody Learning Commons Room 5017
Click on session name to register

09/17/2014: Preparing a Course Syllabus
09/24/2014: Preparing for the First Day of Class
10/01/2014: Lecture Strategies
10/15/2014: Enhancing Student Motivation and Learning
10/22/2014: Active Learning In Practice
10/29/2014: Testing and Grading
11/05/2014: Instructional Media and Technology
11/12/2014: Evaluation to Improve Instruction


Fall 2014 Class Planner

Screenshot - CER FA14 Class Planner

Looking for a timsesaver? Download, edit, and print out the CER's Fall 2014 Class Planner. With versions for M-W-F and T-Th classes, all the most important dates are included: holidays, schedule shifts, add/drop periods. Map out your assignments, tests, due dates, and exams. Word and PDF versions available.

Fall 2014 Class Planner M-W-F Schedule | Word | PDF

Fall 2014 Class Planner T-Th Schedule | Word | PDF