TA Training

The College Teaching Seminars were developed specifically for Teaching Assistants (TAs) and Postdoctoral Fellows, but are open to any instructor.  The seminars provide a series of workshops designed to prepare new instructors to be successful in their first week, first semester and first year of teaching. 

Participants of these seminars will:

• Identify the assumptions and conceptions that underpin professional teaching.
• Reflect upon their teaching and learning.

  • Develop Teaching ePortfolio
  • Write a Teaching Statement/Philosophy

• Show sensitivity to diverse learning, communication skills, and socio-cultural backgrounds.
• Effectively use University resources.
• Confidently prepare for the first day/week/semester of teaching class.

Competencies
  • Participants will learn and practice different pedagogical methods, with an emphasis on “best practices.”
  • Participants will apply relevant teaching and learning theory to their own discipline and courses.

Resources for College Teaching Seminar

The Mindful PhD Blog (Vanderbilt University)

The Awesomest 7-Year Postdoc Blog Post (Scientific American)

Seminar 4: Instructional Technologies to Engage Your Students
Flipped Classroom - The Full Picture PPT
Clickers in the Large Classroom: Current Research and Best-Practice Tips (Caldwell - URL to Stony Brook libraries, link to full text, must login with NetID)
Seminar 5: Learning Styles: Myth or Reality?
Learning Styles Teaching Strategies PPT
Seminar 6: Theory and Practice Behind Science Education
Seminar 7: Team-based Learning & Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL)
POGIL - Wolfskill PPT

For more information on the College Teaching Seminars, please contact the Faculty Center at 632-2780.