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TA/RA Orientation Dates - FALL 2013
Dates and Deadlines - May NOT conduct Final Oral Exam when the University is closed.
Summer 2013 - PhD
Summer 2013 - Master's
Fall 2012 Hooding photos are online.
About the TA Program
The University's purposes in mounting the TA Program are as follows:
- 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.
- 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:
Library and Information Services
- 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.
- 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.