2019 TA Orientation Programs

Welcome New TA! Congratulations on your appointment as a new Teaching Assistant (TA) at Rutgers University.

Every year, the TA Project sponsors TA orientation programs. At orientation, you will discuss the issues that you can expect to encounter at Rutgers as a TA, learn strategies for dealing with common challenges, and tips for making your time at the front of the classroom as effective and rewarding as possible. Our goal is to prepare you to walk into class that first day with confidence.

Newly appointed TAs are required to attend the New TA Orientation. Additionally, TAs who are non-U.S. citizens are also required to attend the International TA Orientation.

Click below for the 2019 orientation dates and more information.

This orientation consists of a series of presentations and panel discussions. Participants discuss general and discipline-specific teaching issues, receive advice and guidance from experienced TAs and professors, explore a variety of pedagogical methods, and learn about Rutgers undergraduate student culture.

Who should attend?
All new TAs at Rutgers must attend New TA Orientation on Thursday, August 29, 2019. This includes first year students who will be TAing for the first time as well as returning students who have not yet TAd but will be TAing for the first time this upcoming year.

When and where is it?
New TA Orientation is on Thursday, August 29, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please arrive at 8:00 a.m. for check-in and breakfast. We will begin in the Main Lounge of the College Avenue Student Center. You may park in Lot 30, behind the student center.

What will I learn?
New TA Orientation will explore the issues that you can expect to encounter at Rutgers as a TA. Our panels and workshops will provide strategies for dealing with common challenges and for making your time at the front of the classroom as effective and rewarding as possible.

Schedule:
8:00 a.m. Check-in and breakfast
8:45 a.m. New TA welcome
9:00 a.m. Legal issues as a TA
10:15 a.m. Breakout sessions: Teaching in Your Discipline
11:00 a.m. Breakout sessions: Life as a Graduate Student TA
12:15 p.m. TA insurance and benefits information session
12:45 p.m. AAUP-AFT presentation

Questions? contact us.

If you have questions about your TA appointment, please contact your graduate program administrator.

Many new TAs are also new to the United States. To help ease your adjustment into teaching in the U.S., the TA Project holds an International TA Orientation. This orientation introduces participants to the cultural issues involved in teaching at an American university. Discussion groups are led by experienced international TAs.

All newly appointed international TAs are required to attend this orientation as well as the New TA Orientation, on Thursday, August 29, 2019. When you register for the New TA Orientation you are automatically registered for the International TA Orientation.

Who should attend?
All new international TAs should attend New International TA Orientation on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. International TAs must also attend orientation for all new TAs on Thursday.

When and where is it?
New International TA Orientation is Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. for check-in and breakfast. We will begin in the Main Lounge of the College Avenue Student Center.You may park in Lot 30, behind the student center.

What will I learn?
International TA Orientation will include presentations and discussions designed to equip international TAs with the tools and knowledge necessary to be successful in the classroom.

Questions? contact us.

If you have questions about your TA appointment, please contact your graduate program administrator.

Check your inbox for the registration email from tapweb@grad.rutgers.edu. We will begin contacting new TAs shortly.

Praise for TAP's orientations!

  • Listening to the TAs talk about their experiences and the tools they develop was a brilliant experience!
  • Open, fun, honest. Loved it!!
  • This session covered any and all concerns I had about being a TA!
  • It was helpful to get ideas about the kinds of situations I might face as a TA and how to deal with them. Most importantly, this program helped me feel more confident about being a TA.

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