Training Overview

At the start of each semester, CET offers a one-day training program, mandatory to all new TAs who do not get training from their own school or department - Dornsife students should not attend this training. The event is led by our Faculty Fellows, award-winning researchers and master teachers from across the University. In the morning, they guide you through important issues you will face as a new TA, including how to work with your faculty and your students. Additionally, a panel of current TAs speaks on their experiences.

In the afternoon, the Fellows lead small group sessions focused on particular duties of individual TAs. They share experiences, answer questions, and offer tips on a range of topics, including giving lectures and assessing student learning.

Additional Resources

In addition to the hands-on training, all attendees should review the CET resources for new TAs. Also they will receive a copy of CET's Teaching Nuggets, which examines teaching techniques in further detail, and other relevant material.

CET Teaching Nuggets

How to Lead Discussions: Effective Questioning:

Handout One: Planning Your Questions (PDF)
Handout Two: Interaction Skills (PDF)