New Instructional Staff Information
The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) offers support to help new faculty and teaching assistants acclimate to the University and become familiar with services that are available.
For more detailed information about upcoming events, visit our Programs and Events page.
OHIO New Faculty Welcome
This welcome program includes presentations from academic leadership, a faculty panel, and a services fair to become familiar with other departments and offices. The event provides an opportunity for new faculty to get acquainted with each other and learn about the University. The OHIO New Faculty Welcome is co-sponsored by CTL and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
For more information and to register, visit the New Faculty Welcome page.
This event will be on Monday, August 16, 2021.
New Teaching Assistant Orientation
The orientation for new teaching assistants (TAs) introduces OHIO’s culture of academic support, encourages excellence in teaching, and initiates cross-disciplinary instruction. The orientation includes presentations from academic leadership, a Q&A session, and a special breakout orientation session for international TAs. CTL supports aspiring teachers as they hone their skills and develop a passion for instruction. The New TA Orientation is sponsored by CTL.
This event was on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
Teaching Tips and Suggestions for Teaching Assistants
Commonly, Teaching Assistants (TA) are Graduate students with teaching responsibilities. The responsibilities of TAs vary according to departmental need, and could lie anywhere from helping with grading, or assisting with labs, to full instructor-of-record duties. To avoid confusion, it is very important to clarify your specific role with your GA mentor and/or your department head.
The general advice found here is primarily geared toward any TA whose role requires student interaction. But please remember that your department head and faculty mentor also care greatly about your success. Please don’t hesitate to contact them with questions or concerns that are particular to your situation.
So how do you go about laying the foundation for a successful semester? There are some simple things you can do to set the tone at the beginning of the semester.
- Introduce yourself to the students, and make sure you are clear about your role.
- Have a clear and thorough syllabus – and make sure that the students are familiar with it; a syllabus quiz can be helpful!
- Spend some time discussing the goals of the class, and make sure that expectations are clear and consistent. Your students will appreciate it!
Please check back here from time to time for more hints and suggestions.
- 10 Strategies for Enhancing Presence and Engagement in Online Classes [PDF]
- Simple Active Learning Strategies for the Online Classroom
- Tips for Engaging Large Classes Online
Workshops and Recordings
Before discussing effective methodologies in teaching, it is important to consider how we learn. Here we present two self-paced workshops that:
- Introduce seven research-based principles for effective teaching and
- Allow opportunity to apply this knowledge and consider a number of classroom strategies that could be employed to encourage effective student learning.