Syracuse University

Domestic Teaching Assistants

We are striving to make your arrival and first few weeks at Syracuse University as smooth and enjoyable as possible. It is essential that you read all this information very carefully to ensure that you make all preliminary preparations and bring all the pertinent materials with you when you come to the university.

AUGUST 2014 TA ORIENTATION

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OVERVIEW

August 12-14 The general portion of the orientation program offers a mix of concurrent and large group sessions on various topics designed to prepare graduate students for their roles as teaching assistants (TAs). ITAs attend this portion of the program as well.

August 18-22 The final days of the program will be spent with faculty members and graduate students from your department on a variety of department-specific matters.


Please register for orientation by clicking here.

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ARRIVING IN SYRACUSE

AIR: You will land at Hancock International Airport, located 10 miles north of the University. Taxis are available 24 hours a day for transport to and from Main or South Campus. The cost of the taxi ride to Syracuse University Main Campus will be approximately $35.00, plus gratuity (customarily 15% of fare).The cost will be approximately $37.00 (plus gratuity) to any location on South Campus. You will be expected to pre-pay the fare. If you arrive with two or three other Syracuse University students, you may want to share the taxi and split the cost. If you are going to two different cab locations, there may be an added charge of $5.00.

GREYHOUND BUS LINES OR AMTRAK RAILROAD: Both located 5 miles north of the University. There are taxis available outside the terminals that will take you to any location on Main Campus. The fare will range from $15.00 to $25.00, plus gratuity.

COMMUTERS: Information about parking permits may be found at: http://parking.syr.edu/parking All permits are issued at Parking Services located at 621 Skytop Office Building on South Campus and require a valid driver’s license, car registration, your SU ID number and your appointment letter.

Please note that there will be limited bus transportation between Main Campus and South Campus before the start of classes. Specific times and locations will be available at orientation registration. The summer 2014 bus schedule is also available online at: http://parking.syr.edu/parking



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IDENTIFICATION AND HEALTH RECORDS

IDENTIFICATION

For the purposes of the United States Government, your teaching assistant appointment classifies you as an employee of Syracuse University. The Employment Verification System, which became Federal law in 1986, requires the University (as an employer) to examine original documents to establish identity and authorize employment. Two forms of photo identification are necessary in order to process your paycheck. Please view the list of acceptable documents at: http://humanresources.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/i-9.pdf.

HEALTH INSURANCE and IMMUNIZATION

As a Syracuse University teaching assistant, you will have the opportunity to sign up for one of several health insurance plans that the university offers to employees and ask any questions that you may have at the office of Human Resources. You can go to the main office at Skytop Office Building, Room 101 or the satellite office at 210 Steele Hall.  For additional information, please view the Office of Human Resources web page http://humanresources.syr.edu/benefits/Medical.html

Please note that new students must complete both the Health Form and the Meningitis Legislation Requirement Form. Both forms can be downloaded from the web at: http://health.syr.edu/

If you need further information, contact SU Health Services, 111 Waverly Avenue, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York 13244-2320, Phone: (315)443-9005 or Email: suhealth@syr.edu. You may also find useful information on the Health Services website: http://health.syr.edu/

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HOUSING

FINDING PERMANENT HOUSING

Because there is very little time during the orientation, you should plan to allocate two or three days BEFORE the orientation to find a suitable residence for the 2014-15 academic year. You should also consider contacting your academic department to see if they can put you in contact with current graduate students who may know more about local housing opportunities in the university community.

Contact the offices below for more information about apartment options both on and off campus.

South Campus Housing

TEL: 315-443-2567   E-mail: orlsc@syr.edu

Off-Campus and Commuter Services (754 Ostrom Avenue)
TEL: 315-443-5489   E-mail: offcampus@syr.edu   WEB: http://occs.syr.edu

MOVING INTO YOUR SOUTH CAMPUS RESIDENCE

Students with South Campus Housing (Slocum Heights) assignments for the 2014-2015 academic year may check-in, sign their resident information forms and agreement and pick up keys upon arrival at the South Campus Housing Office in the Goldstein Student Center, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please contact the South Campus Housing Office if you have any questions.

Please note that your on-campus housing commitment is for the entire academic year, both Fall and Spring semesters.

There will be limited shuttle transportation between South Campus and the Main Campus before the start of classes. Check the parking web page for specific times and locations: http://parking.syr.edu/parking

TA ORIENTATION HOUSING

By the start of the orientation, you should be established in your permanent housing.  Should you need temporary housing during the TA orientation, please complete the Domestic TA Housing Request.  Housing at Kimmel Hall during the orientation will be at your own expense.  The room fee is $52.00 per night.

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THE ORIENTATION PROGRAM

TEACHING MENTORS

A team of experienced teaching assistants, selected on the basis of their outstanding performance in the classroom, have been designated Teaching Mentors and will serve as the program's core instructional staff. Each new TA will be assigned to a small discussion group led by a Teaching Mentor.

MICROTEACHING

All TA orientation participants will be expected to make a brief presentation to other TAs in their small group. This presentation will be videotaped, after which you will have the opportunity to receive helpful and constructive feedback from your peers and Teaching Mentors.

To prepare for this exercise, please do the following before you arrive:

  • Pick a topic that would normally be discussed in an introductory level course in your discipline. Assume that you will have a general audience who knows very little about your subject.
  • Next, prepare a 5-minute presentation on this topic. You might explain a basic concept, illustrate the application of a concept, or define a problem. Whiteboards and overhead projectors will be available for your use. Classroom computers and video projectors are available in most rooms.

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The TA Program has been instituted at the request of graduate students and faculty members who believe that such a program will further enhance the University’s commitment to excellence in both graduate and undergraduate education.

We look forward to seeing you at the TA Orientation Program.