August 26, 2016: Teaching Assistant (TA) Training/Orientation – Teaching and Learning Workshop

All new Teaching Assistants, and  all graduate students who are interested in teaching (during or after graduate school) should plan to attend this orientation session.  This session is part of the annual PROF-it (Professors-in-Training) suite of activities offered to graduate students.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served.

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Date: August 26, 2016

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: UMBC Campus, Public Policy 105



UMBC Members: Please RSVP at

non-UMBC Members: Please RSVP by writing in the comments section below of your interest to attend the seminar


Seminar Topics include:

  •  $2000 “Professors in Training” (PROF-it) Opportunities at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) – UMBC/CCBC Teaching Fellows Program
  • Teaching Undergraduates Through the “Introduction to an Honors University (IHU)” Program
  • “Teaching Disciplinary Thinking” 
  • Instructional Technologies (Including Blackboard, Bb screencasting, and Bb Collaborate for virtual office hours.)  
  • Conflict Resolution: What Every TA Needs to Know
  • Assisting Students with Disabilities
  • Counseling Center
  • Panels of experienced TAs and instructors in Social Sciences and Humanities disciplines, and for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
  • Lunch Success Seminar on Life/Work Balance (Robert Deluty, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Professor of Psychology, Affiliate Associate Professor of English, Poet, and Author). Register for this event using the following link:


8:30 AM : Registration and breakfast outside of PUP 105
Program elements (above) – PUP 105

9:00 AM : Instructional Technologies – Blackboard Online Technology for Teaching – Includes Bb screen casting, and Bb Collaborate for virtual office hours.

Dr. Thomas Penniston, Specialist, Instructional Technology, Division of Information Technology

9:30 AM: PROF-it Teaching Opportunities

  • Teaching opportunities that exist with UMBC’s first year programs (Jill Randles, Assistant Vice President and Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Education)
  • Opportunities for enhanced training with Skillsoft (Jill Wardell, Manager, Workplace Learning & Wellness)
  • CCBC (Dr. Renetta Tull)

10:00 AM ” Teaching Disciplinary Thinking” Dr. Linda Hodges, Director of the Faculty Development Center

11:00 AM: Conflict Resolution

Stephanie Lazarus, Human Relations Manager

11:15 AM: Assisting Students with Disabilities

Tawny McManus, Director, Office of Student Disability Services

11:30 AM: Counseling Center

Dr. Susan Han, Psychologist, Counseling Center

11:45 AM: “Top TAs” Give Advice in Discipline-specific sessions

  1. The Graduate Assistant Advisory Committee (Dan Miller)
  2. Breakout Sessions (Discussions include: Leading a lab, grading, teaching class, time management, and more)
a) TAs in CNMS and COEIT (PUP 105) 
    Moderator: Dan Miller 
b) TAs in CAHSS (PUP 206)
     Moderator: Deanna Cerquetti 
1:00 PM Life/Work Balance Lunch Seminar with Dr. Deluty
(The lunch seminar has a separate RSVP

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