For Teaching Assistant Coordinators/Developers
Fall 2015 University-wide TA Orientation Events
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. Click here for working schedule.
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.
University-wide TA Orientation: Monday and Tuesday, August 17 & 18, 2015 (9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Monday; 9:00 a.m. until noon on Tuesday). All newly appointed domestic and international TAs are required to complete the two-day orientation and online modules 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. Click here for working schedule.
Informational Breakout Sessoins Open to All New Graduate Students: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 (1:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.). In conjunction with the TA Orientation, the Graduate School will offer half-hour sessions on the following topics: library resources, graduate student health insurance, academic support services, financial services and resources, instructional technology resources, and counseling and career support. These sessions will be open to all new Graduate Students. Students may attend two early afternoon (1:30-2:40) sessions and two late afternoon (2:50-4:00) sessions. This allows participants to choose the sessions most important to them! Click here for a schedule of these sessions.
Registration for Fall 2015 TA Orientation is now open. To register your new, incoming TAs click here.
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.
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