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Hooding Ceremony

  • Thursday, December 18, 2014

TA/RA Orientation Dates - FALL 2014

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014 - HH 2.402 - Newly appointed TA’s and RA’s and those who have not yet attended DAY 1 of the two day program are required to attend.
  • Friday, August 22, 2014 - HH 2.402 (9 am to 12:30 am, lunch, afternoon 1:30pm to 3:30pm in school) - Newly appointed TA’s and previously appointed TA’s who have not yet attended DAY 2 of the two day orientation program are required to attend.

Dates and Deadlines - May NOT conduct Final Oral Exam when the University is closed. All deadlines are at Noon.


InAbsentia Deadlines

  • InAbsentia for those Summer 2014 candidates who did not make the deadlines.
  • August 8, 2014 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to request a final oral exam.
  • August 22, 2014
    Last day to hold a final oral exam.
  • InAbsentia - August 29, 2014 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to submit final dissertation & thesis copies.

Fall 2014 - PhD

  • September 3, 2014
    Graduation Application Deadline for Fall 2014.
  • November 3, 2014 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to request a final oral exam.
  • November 17, 2014
    Last day to hold a final oral exam.
  • December 1, 2014 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to submit final dissertation copies (Copy Center Pricing)

Fall 2014 - Master's

  • September 3, 2014
    Graduation Application Deadline for Fall 2014.
  • December 8, 2014 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to submit final thesis copies.

InAbsentia Deadlines

  • InAbsentia for those Fall 2014 candidates who did not make the deadlines.
  • December 10, 2014 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to request a final oral exam.
  • January 14, 2015
    Last day to hold a final oral exam.
  • InAbsentia - January 28, 2015 - 12pm Noon
    Last day to submit final dissertation & thesis copies.
DISCLAIMER: All dates and deadlines are subject to change.

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About the TA Program

The University's purposes in mounting the TA Program are as follows:

  1. To help TAs become reflective practicioners about the art of teaching.
    Here our focus is to encourage TAs to think systematically about why they are doing what they are doing when they are involved in the various teaching practices their TAship requires of them. For example: Most TAs will be required to grade student papers or exercises. Just what is it to grade? What is the significance of a grade? What is the appropriate response to students' complaints about grades? These are the kinds of questions the reflective practicioner should be thinking about as he/she is involved in grading.
  2. To give some indication of the University resources available to TAs.
    What we want to accomplish here is TAs having a working knowledge of the resources throughout the University available to them as they teach. Such resources as:
    • Student Services
    • Police Dept.
    • Library and Information Services
    Reflective practicioners should know that they are not alone in their work at the University. These services are available to assist them when they feel the need.
  3. To help TAs better understand their duties in the University.
    TAs are both graduate students and employees of the University. In both categories, they must shoulder many obligations as responsible, reflective practicioners. For example:
    U. T. Dallas is an affirmative action employer. Employees of the University must therefore understand the legal obligations this University commitment entails. Under no circumstances must University employees harass their charges nor accept harassment by their charges. TAs must understand and implement the University's policy with respect to sexual harassment.
  4. To introduce students to these purposes an Orientation is provided at the beginning of Fall and Spring semesters.
    Throughout the Fall and Spring, seminars on various related topics are offered. These Orientations are mandatory and the seminars are required of all continuing TAs.