TA / Grad Student Resources
The Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Toronto Scarborough is dedicated to helping teaching assistants and grad students develop their teaching skills and professionalism.
If you are a grad student or TA in a UTSC course (whether teaching a lab, tutorial, or marking assignments) you are welcome to take advantage of any of our services.
NEWS AND EVENTS - FALL 2012
• Register now for these Teaching Assistant Training Program (TATP) workshops, offered on the UTSC campus. Sessions count towards the TATP Certificate Program!
• Graduate Student and TA Fall Workshops - Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation, St. George Campus
Teaching Assistants Training Program - including information on Departmental Training and Paid Training
Communication Strategies for International Graduate Students - This guide is free for U of T users, but you must register to access it.
One-on-one help with writing: contact Dr. Sheryl Stevenson
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT / CAREER RESOURCES
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The TATP offers two (2) certificates for University of Toronto graduate students. The Teaching Fundamentals (TF) certificate takes 1 year to complete and involves participating in 6 workshops. The Advanced University Teaching Preparation Certificate (AUTP) is more involved. It requires attending 10 workshops, completing one of our practicum components and submitting a teaching dossier and written reflection. The AUTP must be completed within a two-year period
TA Services doesn’t give out TAships. Your department coordinates hiring of TAs each year. Candidates need a resume to demonstrate suitability for a posted position: student experience in discipline or specific courses teaching or related experience, and references.
To find out about job postings and deadlines, contact your department’s adminstrative assistant.
Yes. This program is offered in collaboration with the TA Training Program (TATP) at the St. George campus. TAs may complete this program at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus. You may also combine workshops from both campuses.
Microteaching workshops are offered on both the UTSC and St. George campuses, and will be announced as part of our workshop series.
A microteaching session is a controlled, focused practice teaching session. A group of TAs and an instructor get together in a classroom. Each TA presents a short (5-7 minutes) lesson on a topic he or she has taught or will be teaching, and the lesson may be videotaped. After each lesson, the instructor and other TAs offer constructive feedback.
Microteaching allows TAs to practice their teaching in a low-risk situation and to receive immediate feedback on their teaching from a single mentor and from colleagues. It also promotes reflection on teaching for everyone involved. TA Services organizes microteaching sessions.
The Centre for Teaching and Learning has several recent publications on diversity and accessibility issues in teaching. These publications are available online. We are also available to discuss any issue with TAs and can redirect questions to support services on campus.
For more information about TA Services or the TATP program at The University of Toronto Scarborough, please contact Sandy Romain at firstname.lastname@example.org.