For Teaching Assistant Coordinators/Developers
Fall 2015 University-wide TA Orientation Events
University-wide TA Orientation: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 17, 18, and 19, 2015 (9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. the first day; until around noon on the second and third days). All newly appointed domestic and international TAs are required to complete the three-day orientation as part of their employment contract. The orientation includes small-group sessions on modes of teaching as well as a plenary session on institutional policies and campus resources.
International TA Pre-Orientation: Thursday, August 13, 2015 (8:15 a.m. until mid afternoon). This one-day additional orientation is for all new TAs who are classified as international and are new to the higher-education classroom in the United States.
International TA Language Screenings: Friday, August 14, 2015 (by pre-arranged appointments beginning at 8:30 a.m.). All Teaching Assistants whose native or primary language is not English are required to participate in language screenings. Times of screenings are arranged by the TA's department.
Registration for Fall 2015 TA Orientation will open mid-May.
Questions about registration? Contact Erin Shoot at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-257-4137.
Questions about orientation policies and content? Contact Dr. Morris Grubbs at email@example.com or 859-257-9725.
Language Screening is a way to assure that International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) have the needed English language abilities to present information, read, and interact successfully with undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky. It does not screen for teaching ability.
To learn more about the language screenings, see http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/StudentDevelopment/TA_ITA_language.html. This link includes general information about the screening process, general tips for success, and a list of frequently asked questions about the screenings.
Resources for TA Coordinators/ Developers