Syracuse University

TA Program

The TA Program helps graduate students prepare to be successful as students and scholars at Syracuse University and as teachers, advisors and role models in their teaching assistant positions. The orientation and on-going professional development activities sponsored by the Graduate School enable teaching assistants to enhance their teaching skills and provide opportunities for rich, multidisciplinary conversations about teaching and graduate study.

Teaching Assistants (as well as Graduate and Research Assistants) are appointed by each academic department or instructional unit. Graduate students interested in serving as TAs should contact the departments in which they would like to work.

All-University Teaching Assistant Orientation

All first-time Teaching Assistants (TAs) are required to complete an orientation program. The comprehensive, all-University Orientation Program held each August offers a mix of concurrent and large-group sessions designed to prepare graduate students for success in their instructional roles.

TAOP Concurrent Session Handouts and Presentations from TAOP 2014

Follow this link to find handouts and powerpoint presentations from various sessions from the August 2013 TA Orientation.

Helpful Links

This list of links includes important items, policies, and procedures you might find helpful as an instructor (teaching assistant) at Syracuse University.

Classroom Assessment

The TA Program provides formative and summative evaluations for use in classroom, lab, recitation/discussion, and studio environments, as well as guidance on constructing and administering your own assessments.

English Language Proficiency Services

The Graduate School provides a number of services to help international Teaching Assistants (TAs) succeed as students and instructors.

Graduate Teaching Consultants

These experienced TAs provide a host of services upon request, including class observations, consultations on teaching-related issues, and assistance in constructing class evaluations and teaching portfolios.

Teaching Mentor Position

Each year 25-30 highly skilled Teaching Assistants from across campus are named Teaching Mentors with the Graduate School. Teaching Mentors serve as the core instructional staff for the August TA Orientation Program.

Outstanding TA Award

This award recognizes graduate students who have made distinguished contributions to Syracuse University through demonstrated excellence in the TA role.

Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award

The EGE Award honors faculty members whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate teaching and mentoring have made a significant contribution to graduate education at Syracuse University.

For more information on the Graduate School Programs offered click on the titles below:

Teaching Assistant Program (TA Orientation, English Language Proficiency Services, Teaching Mentors, Outstanding TA Award, Course Assessment, Graduate Assistants)

Future Professoriate Program (FPP Participation, Primary Faculty Liaison, Certificate in University Teaching, Teaching Portfolio)

Resources (Graduate School Press, Critical Incidents in College Teaching vignettes, Research Ethics and Academic Integrity vignettes)

The Graduate School Press In order to promote excellence in scholarship and teaching, the Graduate School maintains a book publication program providing resources on topics relevant to graduate education and the university classroom.

International Graduate Students The Graduate School provides many academic programs and community initiatives to support the educational experiences of international graduate students and to highlight their academic achievements at Syracuse University.