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TA/RA Orientation Dates - FALL 2014
Dates and Deadlines - May NOT conduct Final Oral Exam when the University is closed.
Spring 2014 - PhD
Spring 2014 - Master's
Summer 2014 - PhD
Summer 2014 - Master's
Summer 2013 Hooding photos are online.
SPRING 2014 TA/RA Orientation
Teaching and Research Assistant Orientation Program: HR and Employment Issues
SPRING 2014- ALL NEW TA's & RA's
January 9, 2014 - TA's and RA's in TI Auditorium room ECSS 2.102 from 9:00am-12:30pm
and January 10, 2014 - TA's from 9:00am-1:00pm in TI Auditorium room ECSS 2.102 (lunch will be provided)
1:30pm-3:30pm will be with your School
All new TA´s attend both days and new RA´s only attend the first day.
As TA’s and RA’s, you will assume new responsibilities as employees and as valuable additions to the instruction and research agendas of the institution. Your expanded roles require acquaintance with the rules of the academy regarding compliance issues and your relationship and interaction with students when acting as an assistant instructor and researcher.
Completion of this two day orientation program will satisfy
- State mandated employee training requirements.
- Provide information on getting paid and on available benefits.
- Provide useful guidance on teaching practices and support resources and policies.
Please note that TEACHING ASSISTANTS must complete all of the January 10 orientation program to be eligible for continued appointment as a teaching assistant. Attendance will be monitored throughout the January 10 program.
DAY 1 - Morning of Thursday January 9, 2014 LOCATION: TI Auditorium Room ECSS 2.102
REQUIRED OF NEW TA’s and RA’s
9 am Welcome - Sign In - Austin Cunningham
9:10 am Computer Security Issues - Mary Dziorny
9:35 am What Every TA/RA Needs to Know about Working at UTD
Compliance Training - Carla Garner
Welcome – AVP of Human Resources - Colleen Dutton
Sexual Harassment and EEO issues - Marco Mendoza
Policies, Procedures & Perks - Ilyce Murray
State Benefits and Getting Paid - Marita Hawkins
11:00 am Student Issues
Student Government Outreach - President of Student Government
Plagiarism. How we deal with it. - Gene Fitch, Dean of Students
Student Disability/ Emergency Issues - Kerry Tate
Career Office Support Services - Mickey Choate
Issues for International TA's/RA's - Cristen Casey
International Student Health Insurance - Haley Renfro
Tax compliance for Foreign Nationals - Wanda Beverly
English Proficiency Testing - Tom Lambert
DAY 2 - Morning of Friday January 10, 2014 LOCATION: TI Auditorium Room ECSS 2.102
MANDATORY PROGRAM FOR NEW TA’s (includes those who have not attended a prior offering of the orientation program)
9:00 am Welcome - Austin Cunningham
9:10 am Who are our Students? - Andy Blanchard
9:30 am Student Audience - Theresa Towner
10:10 am Welcome - President/Provost (TBD)
10:15 am Issues about Testing & Grading - Paul Pantano
11:00 am Effective Communication for TA’s - Mary Urquhart
11:30 am Time to Degree - Austin Cunningham
12:15 pm LUNCH
1:30 - 3:30 pm School based orientation programs following lunch.
Teaching Assistants should go to the following locations for the afternoon school based continuation of the orientation program.
TA's from each school should go to the following locations:
Arts & Humanities: Should go to Room - JO 4.102
EPPS Should go to Room - GR 3.606
Engineering & Computer Science Should go to Room - TI Auditorium ECSS 2.102
Management Should go to Room - SOM 2.714
Natural Science & Mathematics
Chemistry Should go to Room - BE 2.528
Biology Should go to Room - FO 3.616
Geosciences Should go to Room - SLC 1.206 (Geoscience Lab)
Mathematics Should go to Room - FO 2.610F
Physics Should go to Room - ECSN 2.232