Important Note: The Center for Excellence in Teaching does not administer teaching assistant positions at USC. If you are looking for a TA position, please contact your department's graduate student services coordniator for more information.

Recent CET Events




TA Modules

Short, video-based modules covering a varetiy of topics critical for success as a USC Teaching Assistant:

University-Wide TA Training

TA Training is MANDATORY for all new TAs at USC. CET provides a one-day training program biannually before each semester utilized by schools and departments that do not provide an in-house training program. Please consult your department to find out if you need to attend CET's TA Training sessions.

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ITA Language Institute

The International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Language Institute is a week-long collaborative program in early August between CET and Dornsife's American Language Institute (ALI). Designed to alculturate and welcome new ITAs to USC, the Institute is provided at no cost to the students. The ITA Language Institute does NOT replace TA Training.

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Professional Development

During the year, CET provides many events and opportunities for USC Teaching Assistants to gain professional development for academic careers.
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CET TA WIKI

The CET TA Wiki is and ongoing resource developed by CET Teaching Assistant Fellows that contains vast amounts of information, views and personal experience regarding all facets of being a TA from classroom management to interacting with the professor and students to teaching techniques and more.

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Teaching and Learning

During the year, CET provides many events and opportunities for USC Teaching Assistants to improve their teaching and learning skills and engage in discussions on pedagogy.
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More Resources

2014-2015 Teaching Assistant Fellows

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Rima Basu Leslie Berntsen Stephen Bero Adam Bloch Fabián Borges
Chih-Chieh Hsu Elham Hemmat-Abiri Bo Jin Alida Liberman
Harshavardhan Mylapilli LeeAnn Sangalang Laurel Schmuck
Alick Tan Eleanor Tate Zoë Wagner
Danielle Williams Merve Yurdacan
Call for New CET Teaching Assistant Fellows
TAF Application

The Teaching Assistant Fellows (TA Fellows) program for outstanding USC TAs is a two-fold program which:

  • Primarily produces TA training materials used to enhance TA instruction across the university. TA Fellows work collaboratively combining their personal teaching expertise with research on best practices to create cutting-edge materials to be used by teaching assistants.
  • Secondarily the TA Fellows program provides professional development for the TA Fellows through monthly workshops.

TA Fellows receive advanced training in the modern theory and practice of pedagogy from CET Fellows and other experts at USC.

Past TAFs:
2013-2014 Teaching Assistant Fellows
Justin Berry International Relations
Adam Bloch History
Lauren Cook Health Behavior
Susan Geffen Psychology
Xiao He Linguistics
Elham Hemmat-Abiri Civil Engineering
Canan Ipek Linguistics
Bocheng Jin Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Ben Lennertz Philosophy
David Li Linguistics
Alida Liberman Philosophy
Sandy Lopez Preventive Medicine
Harshavardhan Mylapilli Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Simon Radford International Relations
Edson Rodriguez Sociology
LeeAnn Sangalang Communication
Danielle Williams Public Policy and Management
2012-2013 Teaching Assistant Fellows
Molly Brightman Preventive Medicine
Lauren Cook Health Behavior
Juvenal Cortes International Relations
Susan Geffen Psychology
Eric Hamilton International Relations
Xiao He Linguistics
Canan Ipek Linguistics
Bocheng Jin Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Adam Kahn Communications
John Kwak Philosophy
Reggie Laigo Rossier
Ben Lennertz Philosophy
David Li Linguistics
Alida Liberman Philosophy
Edson Rodriguez Sociology
Kasia Wasilewska Mathematics
2011-2012 Teaching Assistant Fellows
Ray Calnan Price PPD
Juvenal Cortes International Relations
Chris Corzette Molecular Biology
Eric Hamilton International Relations
John Kwak Philosophy
Molly Brightman Preventive Medicine
David Li Linguistics
Bryce Lowery SPPD
Nimna Ranatunga Molecular Biology
Edson Rodriguez Sociology
Travis Smith Engineering
Anna Skylar Molecular and Computational Biology
Luman Wang History
2010-2011 Teaching Assistant Fellows
Chris Corzette Molecular Biology
Becky Courter Mathematics
Eric Hamilton international Relations
Gretchen Heidemann Biokinesiology
Chera Kee Critical Studies
David Li Linguistics
Bryce Lowery SPPD
Patrick Muchmore Mathematics
Kavya Ramkumar Pharmacology and Pharmalogocal Sciences
Nimna Ranatunga Molecular Biology
Edson Rodriguez Sociology
Anna Skylar Molecular and Computational Biology
Mona Sobhani Neuroscience
Aaron Warren Biology
Jeanine Yutani Political Science and International Relations
2009-2010 Teaching Assistant Fellows
Gurveen Chopra Psychology
Glenn Fox Neuroscience
Gretchen Heidemann Biokinesiology
Shailesh Kantak Biokinesiology
Min Kim Marshall
Su Jin Lee Geography
Pao Chen Li Biological Sciences
Rudy Melson Public Health
Russell Newman Annenberg
Erica Pitsch Biokinesiology
Kavya Ramkumar Pharmacology
Ann Reyes Robbins Social Work
Edson Rodriguez Sociology
Zlatina Sandalska Slavic Languages & Literature
Robert Shanklin Philosophy
Anna Skylar Molecular and Computational Biology
Mona Sobhani Biological Sciences
Seshadri Tirunillai Marketing
Claudia Toledo-Corral Preventive Medicine
William Yeoh Engineering
Jeanine Yutani Political Science and International Relations
2008-2009 Teaching Assistant Fellows
Michelle Babcock French
Richard Brown Historical Musicology
Jerry Chih-Yuan Sun Education, Psychology, and Technology
Gurveen Chopra Psychology
Laurence Clerfeuille French
Abbie Ferris Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
Ginger Hazen Neuroscience
Mehdi Majbouri Economics
Michal Temkin Martinez Linguistics and Spanish
Rudy Melson Public Health
Brijesh Pinto Economics
Erica Pitsch Biokinesiology
Ann Reyes Robbins Social Work
Meghann Ribbens Molecular Biology
Oana Sabo Comparative Literature
Robert Shanklin Philosophy
Anna Skylar Molecular and Computational Biology
Seshadri Tirunillai Marketing
Claudia Toledo-Corral Preventive Medicine
Jeanine Yutani Political Science and International Relations
2007-2008 Teaching Assistant Fellows
Michelle Babcock French
Carol Brown Psychology
Gurveen Chopra Psychology
Laurence Clerfeuille French
Mark Elliot Policy Planning and Development
Shawn Farrokhi Biokinesiology
Abbie Ferris Biokinesiology
Trish George Psychology
Ginger Hazen Neuroscience
Heather Heather Annenberg
Christina Law Gerontology
Jiajuan Liu Neuroscience
Mehdi Majbouri Economics
Michal Martinez Linguistics
Christina Neuner Neurosciences
Poorni Otillingam Psychology
Urvi Patel Psychology
Gregory Placencia Industrial and Systems Engineering
Carrie Anne Platt Annenberg
Steven Rafferty Annenberg
Arjun Rihan Cinema
Jaclyn Ronquillo-Adachi Psychology
Travers Scott Annenberg
Don Waisanen Annenberg
Jonathan Weil Philosophy
Jeanine Yutani East Asian Studies
Bilal Zafar Computer Engineering
2006-2007 Teaching Assistant Fellows
Michelle Babcock French
Amy Below Politics and International Relations
Lindsey Chen Linguistics
Laurence Clerfeuille French
Luke Daniels Neuroscience
Christina Gray International Relations
Yawn Li Social Work
Nadia Marinova Political Science
Marie Ng Quantitative Psychology
Greg Placencia Industrial and Systems Engineering
David Rands Jonathan Weil
Meghann Ribbens Molecular Biology
Jaclyn Ronquillo Social Psychology
Rebecca Sadun Medicine/Pathology
Noah Schwartz Psychology
Matthew Shapiro Political Economy and Public Policy
Ioana Uricaru Critical Studies
Bilal Zafar Computer Engineering
Anke Zimmerman Economics