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.
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.
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.
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.
Upcoming Campus Events: Teaching
- December 1Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Teaching in the Community College SettingPanel offered by Delta in the Graduate School and CIRTL12:00 PM, Online
- December 5
News from TA Training & Support
During a recent workshop, TAs learned foundational knowledge and skills for building toward socially-just classroom communities. Keep reading for a learning activity you can do on your own and strategies you can start implementing right …November 11, 2022
The following list of mental health resources was compiled specifically for graduate students by the Graduate School in Fall 2022. Graduate and Professional Student Assistance Specialist: The Graduate School and the Dean of Students Office …November 2, 2022
Recently, Katherine Charek Briggs, Assistant Director of the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, led an interactive Zoom workshop for L&S TAs to hear about inclusive practices, prepare to make space for conversation within their work …October 27, 2022
In a recent L&S workshop, TAs learned from Ruben Mota, ADA Coordinator in the Office of Compliance, about disability, ableism, and how they can support their students. Ruben led the group through activities exploring accessible …October 10, 2022
Look back on the largest L&S TA event of the year! The L&S Instructional Design Collaborative captured photographic evidence of a learning-filled afternoon. 400+ teaching assistants participated in the annual L&S Fall TA Training. Learning …September 12, 2022