TA Day: Graduate Student Conference on Teaching

This one-day conference introduces graduate students to teaching at Western and helps prepare them for their roles as Teaching Assistants. Conference highlights include a keynote presentation by an award-winning faculty member and a panel of experienced Teaching Assistants from across the disciplines. Participants choose from a variety concurrent workshops that focus on different teaching topics including: facilitating discussions, managing difficult situations, communication strategies, and more. Graduate students also have the opportunity to hear from key campus partners including Western Libraries, the Writing Support Centre, Learning Skills Services, the Wellness Education Centre, the TA Union (PSAC Local 610), and the Society of Graduate Students.

Hosted by:

  • Centre for Teaching and Learning

Recommended Audience:

  • Graduate students

What to Expect: 

  • You do not have to be a Teaching Assistant to attend TA Day. All incoming graduate students are welcome
  • Sessions are interdisciplinary and led by experienced instructors
  • The conference offers a lot of choice to participants. Pick the sessions that are most relevant to you
  • Lunch is offered free to participants who register

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply strategies for engaging undergraduate students and teaching effectively in their own disciplinary context
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of Teaching Assistants and identify the principles and policies that guide their work with students
  • Find and recommend teaching and learning resources to students, such as writing and learning skills services, library resources, and wellness support
  • Identify future teaching development opportunities that they can pursue throughout your graduate career at Western