Fall TA Training Schedule

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Day 1

Wednesday   August 17th Lawson 151
9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m. Opening/Introductions

Karla Berry,
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE)

9:05 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Graduate School Welcome
The Holistic and Effective TA
Yueh-Ting Lee,
Dean, Graduate School
9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Professional Development for Graduate Assistants Karla Berry, Director (CTE)
Khara Lukancic, Graduate Assistant (CTE)
9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Being a Leader in the Classroom Laurie Achenbach,
Dean, College of Science & Professor, Microbiology
10:45 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. short break  
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Creating (Dis)Connected Curricula for Adult Learners Grant Miller,
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction 
lunch break (on your own)
1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Student Health:
Red Flags, Referrals, & Resources
Bri Sinche,
Wellness Coordinator, Student Health Services
1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Saluki Cares:
Saluki's are Caring, Accessible, Resourceful, Engaging, Supportive!
Jeff McGoy
Assistant Dean of Students, Student Affairs
1:50 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Violence Prevention Lt. Ryan House & Officer Kevin Cox
Department of Public Safety
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. TA Panels ***  

***TA Panels - Pick a room that best fits your teaching assignment/questions.

Panel #1   Lawson 121

Panel includes TAs from the College of Liberal Arts with experience to address questions about teaching lecture format classes and incorporating student engagement.

    • Stephen Henry, Communication Studies
    • Danette Marie Pugh Patton, Communication Studies
    • Amanda Marshall, Geography & Environmental Resources
Panel #2   Lawson 131

Panel includes TAs from the College of Science with experience to address questions about making the transition from student to teacher and teaching laboratory classes.

    • Jenny Paul, Biology
    • Chandler Brooks, Zoology

Panel #3   Lawson 201

Panel includes TAs from the College of Mass Communications and Media Arts with experience to address questions on being an international teaching assistant as well as balancing school, work, & marriage.

    • Julie Martin, MCMA
    • Lu Fan, MCMA

Day 2

Thursday  August 18th Lawson 151
9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. Welcome Back/Announcements Heidi Jung,
Instructional Designer, CTE
9:10 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Graduate Assistants United and 
Graduate Professional Student Council 
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Preserving Your Sense of Purpose in the Classroom Nick Weshinskey,
University College 101 Coordinator,
University College
10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. short break
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Managing the Ripple Effect:
Legal Issues
 Affecting Grades, Interactions, and Social Media
Saran Donahoo, 
Chair & Associate Professor, Educational
Administration & Higher Education
lunch break (on your own)
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. SIUonline (D2L) Heidi Jung, 
Instructional Designer, CTE 
1:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Morris Library Mark Watson & Christina Heady
Instructional Librarians, Morris Library
1:50 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. Disability Support Services  Sam Goodin & Rita VanPelt
Director & Assistant Director,
Disability Support Services 
2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. short break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Diversity in the Classroom Meera Komarraju,
Dean, College of Liberal Arts &
Professor, Psychology
3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Wrap-up Heidi Jung, 
Instructional Designer, CTE