Stanford University

CTL's TA Orientation

Fri., Sept. 17, 9AM–12PM
via Zoom
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Graduate Students
Educational Affairs

Each quarter, CTL hosts a TA Orientation to prepare graduate students for their teaching responsibilities at Stanford. This event is highly recommended for all TAs. It will provide a foundation in evidence-based teaching practices for new and returning TAs, postdocs, and other members of the campus community. All students who are enrolled in the TAO Canvas site will have access to the event's recordings and materials after the fact. 

Autumn Quarter TA Orientation

Friday, September 17, 2021 | 9 a.m. – 12 noon PDT (Online via Zoom)

Agenda (subject to change):

Session 1 (9 a.m. – 10 a.m.)

  • Welcome: Gloriana Trujillo, PhD, Interim Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Who Are Our Students? Laura Schlosberg, PhD, Assistant Dean of Academic and Curriculum Support, H&S Dean's Office
  • Supporting Mental Health and Well-being in the Classroom: Colin Campbell, Program Manager, Health Education, Well Being at Stanford

Session 2 (10:10 a.m. – 11 a.m.) Choose ONE workshop

  • Creating Inclusive Learning Environments 
  • Leading Discussions in Science and Engineering
  • Leading Discussions in Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Office Hours and Review Sessions

Session 3 (11:10 a.m. – 12 noon) Choose ONE workshop

  • Grading and Commenting on Papers and Essays: Norah Fahim, Associate Director, Hume Center for Writing and Speaking
  • Grading Problem Sets, Labs and Exams
  • Effective Lectures and Presentations: Thomas Freeland, Advanced Lecturer, Oral Communication Program

For questions about TA Orientation or to request an accommodation, please contact Amanda Modell at

Winter TA Orientation 2022 will be held on Friday, January 7 and Spring TA Orientation 2022 will be held on Friday, March 25. 

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