Teaching Assistant Training & Support


We seek to empower all L&S Teaching Assistants (TAs) to flourish by providing continuous training and support. 

We help our TAs acquire knowledge, skills, and confidence to cultivate engaged, equitable environments where all students (and teachers!) can thrive as they navigate the challenges and joys of learning.

We value TAs as whole persons and are dedicated to developing excellent, effective, and empathetic teachers strengthened by sustainable teaching practices.

The three members of the L&S TA Training & Support Team

Our Team includes: 
Lynne Prost, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Academic Affairs
Danielle (Dani) Clevenger, Gullickson Fellow
Orion Risk, Project Assistant

Learning Forward: The L&S TA Newsletter

The Learning Forward newsletter is full of helpful tips for success in your role as a TA!

To submit suggestions or questions, or to nominate yourself or someone else to be highlighted in a newsletter, please use this form.

Learning Forward Issue 3 Feb 2022

Learning Forward Issue 2 Dec 2021

Learning Forward Issue 1 Nov 2021

L&S TA Training & Orientation

TA Trainings are designed for graduate students new to their role as TAs in L&S; however, all are welcome to attend.

Fall 2022

On Thursday, Sept 1, 2022, L&S will host a training and orientation for Teaching Assistants (graduate and undergraduate). TAs will leave the training motivated and equipped to be effective and inclusive teachers.

TAs must register by August 16. See instructions and details: https://kb.wisc.edu/ls/111802 

The training consists of: 

  1. Prior to Sept 1: Complete asynchronous Canvas modules
  2. Sept 1, 9:30-12:00: Synchronous Zoom session 
  3. Sept 1, 12:30-5:00: In-person workshops (include lunch)

All new TAs are strongly encouraged to attend. New this year, experienced TAs will access separate Canvas modules containing material geared toward them, and will also have the option to attend sessions on Sept 1. 

Departments wishing to learn more about what is covered in the training can reach out to Lynne Prost for access to the Canvas materials.

TA Awards

The UW-Madison Campus-Wide TA Awards recognize the outstanding work of UW-Madison teaching assistants. Please check for 2022-2023 information in Fall 2022. For details visit: Campus-Wide TA Awards.

The L&S Teaching Mentors Program (formerly Teaching Fellows) recognizes TAs from L&S who have achieved outstanding success as students and teachers. Teaching Mentors serve as instructors at the L&S Fall TA Training. The deadline for 2021-2022 nominations has passed. Please check for 2022-2023 information in Winter 2023. For details visit: L&S Teaching Mentors Program.

Resources to Support TAs

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The GAPP (Graduate Assistantship Policies and Procedures) is a campus-wide resource that includes the most relevant employment policies for graduate students working as teaching, project, or graduate assistants.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, known as FERPA, is a federal law that governs the privacy of student education records, access to those records, and disclosure of information from them. As instructors, TAs must know how to safely work with student records. Learn more about FERPA via the Registrar’s Office.

L&S Administrative Gateway

The L&S Administrative Gateway is the best resource for learning about L&S policies and procedures. You must log in with your NetID.

Graduate School

The Graduate School at UW-Madison supports graduate students in their research, employment, teaching, and professional development. Please visit the Graduate School for more information.

Dean of Students

  • For your students: The Dean of Students Office is a great place to refer students you work with who would benefit from help with academic, personal, health, or other issues. This Office is also a valuable resource for you as a student.
  • For yourself: The Dean of Students Office has dedicated resources for graduate students, including a dedicated staff member to help with questions

McBurney Center

As a TA, you may have students in your courses who are working with the McBurney Disability Resource Center to receive accommodations to help them participate fully in your course. These can include things like seating in a specific part of the classroom, American Sign Language interpretation, or note-taking devices. As a student, you may also work with McBurney to receive accommodations. Learn more about the McBurney Center.

Mental Health & Wellness

As a Teaching Assistant you fulfill many roles on campus. You are an instructor, a student, and may also be completing your own research or other work. Balancing these roles can be challenging, but there are resources on campus to help. Learn more about UHS Mental Health resources and self-care, and get help Thriving in Grad School.

TA Canvas Checklist

The L&S Instructional Design Center’s Canvas Checklist for L&S TAs can help you start the semester off right by making sure your Canvas course and your Canvas account are ready to start the semester.


The Center for Teaching, Learning & Mentoring offers consultations, help with course design, a number of professional development opportunities, and information on many partner programs across campus related to teaching and learning.

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