TA Orientation

VPTL TA Orientation

Each quarter, we host a TA Orientation to help prepare graduate students to teach at Stanford. This event is highly recommended for all new TAs and is also open to returning TAs, postdocs, and other members of the campus community.

Autumn Quarter TA Orientation

Friday, September 20, 2019 | 8am-12pm | Hewlett Teaching Center

Register for Autumn Quarter TA Orientation

The tentative dates for our 2019-2020 winter and spring orientations are:

  • Friday, January 10, 2020 (1-4 pm)
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 (1-4 pm)

Autumn Orientation Schedule (Tentative)

(Check again in September for final schedule and session locations.)

7:45-8:30 AM: Check-in and Light Refreshments (Outside Hewlett Teaching Center)

8:30-9:40 AM: Plenary Session (Hewlett 200)

  • Welcome to Teaching at Stanford
  • Effective Teaching: Advice from Experienced TAs

9:50-10:50 AM: Concurrent Session 1

  • Holding Office Hours and Review Sessions in Sciences and Engineering
  • Leading Discussions in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Leading Discussions in Sciences and Engineering
  • Major Policies & Practices Every TA Should Know: Presentation and Q&A Session
  • SCPD Academic Courses: How to Support and Engage a Global Community of Online Students

11:00 AM-12:00 PM: Concurrent Session 2

  • Effective Lectures and Presentations
  • Grading Papers and Essays
  • Grading Problem Sets, Labs, and Exams
  • Major Policies & Practices Every TA Should Know: Presentation and Q&A Session
  • Inclusive Teaching Practices


Contact Amanda Modell, Associate Director, Graduate Teaching Programs, for more information at any time. Please also contact Amanda if you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information. Requests should be made by September 13, 2019.

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