About TA Training & Support

Welcome! 

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

Resources to Support TAs

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GAPP

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.

FERPA

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.

CTLM

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

News from TA Training & Support

  • 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 …

  • Mental Health Resources for Graduate Students

    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 …

  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Students in the Classroom

    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 …

  • Learning About Disability & Ableism

    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 …

  • Photos – Fall 2022 TA Training

    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 …