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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.

The Marching 110 plays music for new faculty during the new faculty welcome event.

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.

Materials:
Faculty Handbook
New Faculty Mini Guide [PDF]

This event will be on Monday, August 16, 2021.

New Teaching Assistants pose in Baker University Center.

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.

Materials:
2019 Guide for Teaching Assistants at Ohio University [PDF]

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.

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:

  1. Introduce seven research-based principles for effective teaching and
  2. Allow opportunity to apply this knowledge and consider a number of classroom strategies that could be employed to encourage effective student learning.

How Learning Works, Pt 1 [Powerpoint]How Learning Works, Pt 2 [Powerpoint]

 

Additional New Faculty Support

In addition to the OHIO New Faculty Welcome, the following websites may prove helpful as you begin your time with OHIO.

Faculty and Advising CenterOHIO Faculty and Staff Website