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.
Our Team includes:
Lynne Prost, Assistant Dean for Graduate Student Academic Affairs
Danielle (Dani) Clevenger, Gullickson Fellow
Orion Risk, Project Assistant
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
- March 31Anticipating Disability: Design Strategies for Inclusive World Language TeachingA workshop for UW-Madison language educators led by Dr. Wade Edwards, Longwood University1:00 PM, 1418 Van Hise Hall
- April 20Translating Google Translate: How Students Actually Use Machine Translation and What That Means for Language InstructionWorkshop for language educators and researchers led by Kimberly Vinall and Emily Hellmich, University of California, Berkeley5:00 PM, Online
News from TA Training & Support
Resources for Graduate Student Mental Health (Spring 2023)
The following list of mental health resources was compiled specifically for graduate students by the Graduate School in Spring 2023. Graduate and Professional Student Assistance Specialist: The Graduate School and the Dean of Students Office …March 9, 2023
Spring 2023 TA Training Photos
Teaching assistants from across the College of Letters and Science participated in the annual L&S Spring TA Training this January. They completed training in two parts: an asynchronous Canvas course and an in-person day of …February 7, 2023
Building Inclusive Communities
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
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