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TA/RA Orientation Dates - Fall 2015
Dates and Deadlines - May NOT conduct Final Oral Exam when the University is closed. All deadlines are at Noon.
Summer 2015 - PhD
Summer 2015 - Master's
Fall 2015 - PhD
Fall 2015 - Master's
Spring 2015 Hooding photos are online.
Fall 2015 TA/RA Orientation
Teaching and Research Assistant Orientation Program: HR and Employment Issues
FALL 2015- ALL NEW TA's & RA's
August 19, 2015 - TA's and RA's in Clark Center CN 1.112 from 9:00am-12:30pm
and August 20, 2015 - TA's from 9:00am-1:00pm in Clark Center CN 1.112 (lunch will be provided)
and from 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 August 20 orientation program to be eligible for continued appointment as a teaching assistant. Attendance will be monitored throughout the August 20 program.
DAY 1 - Morning of Wednesday August 19, 2015 LOCATION: Clark Center Auditorium room CN 1.112
REQUIRED OF NEW TA’s and RA’s
9 am Welcome - Sign In - Austin Cunningham
9:10 am Computer Security Issues - Nate Howe
9:35 am What Every TA/RA Needs to Know about Working at UTD
Compliance Training - Carla Garner
Title IX and EEO issues - James Dockery
Welcome – AVP of Human Resources - Colleen Dutton
Policies, Procedures & Perks - Ilyce Murray
State Benefits - Marita Yancey
Payroll - Sheretha Measells
11:00 am Student Issues
Student Government Outreach - President of Student Government
Plagiarism. How we deal with it. - Kim Winkler
Student Disability/ Emergency Issues - Kerry Tate
Career Office Support Services - Mickey Choate
Issues for International TA's/RA's - Josephine Vitta
International Student Health Insurance - Haley Renfro
Tax compliance for Foreign Nationals - Wanda Beverly
English Proficiency Testing - Tom Lambert
DAY 2 - Morning of Thursday August 20, 2015 LOCATION: Clark Center Auditorium room CN 1.112
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? - Andrew 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 provided by Dean Cunningham - all presenters welcome
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
Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication Should go to Room - TBA
Brain & Behavioral Sciences Should go to Room - GR 4.301
EPPS Should go to Room - GR 3.606
Engineering & Computer Science Should go to Room - ECSS 2.102 (TI Auditorium)
Management Should go to Room - Friday August 21, 2015 in JSOM 2.116 at 1:30pm-3:30pm
Natural Science & Mathematics
Chemistry Should go to Room - SLC 2.303
Biology Should go to Room - FO 3.616
Geosciences Should go to Room - ROC 2.103
Mathematics Should go to Room - FO 2.702
Physics Should go to Room - PHY 1.606
Science/Mathematics Education Should go to Room - FN 3.218