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  1. Welcome to your role as a Teaching Assistant!

    Slide 1 - Welcome to your role as a Teaching Assistant!

    • 2015
  2. Western University

    Slide 2 - Western University

    • Here at Western, there is a lot of support available for new and experienced TAs across campus. This module aims to introduce you to the various sources you can access to help develop as a TA and as a Graduate Student in the Faculty of Science.
  3. This module will share resources provided both on and off campus in the following areas of interest:

    Slide 3 - This module will share resources provided both on and off campus in the following areas of interest:

    • The duties, expectations, & ethics of the job
    • Support for your role as a developing teacher
    • Time management & career planning for your future
    • Health & Wellness information to take care of what is most important
    • Teaching
    • Career Skills
    • Health
    • TA Role
  4. TA Resource Module Outline:

    Slide 4 - TA Resource Module Outline:

    • TA Role
    • Duties Specification Agreement (TA Contract)
    • GTA Union – PSAC Local 610
    • Handling Ethical Decisions – Academic Integrity
    • Office of the Ombudsperson
    • Teaching
    • Teaching Support Centre Programs
    • Teaching Support for International Students
    • Career
    • On Campus Resources – Student Development Centre, Student Success Centre, & GradPath
    • University Affairs
    • MyGradSkills.ca
    • Health & Wellness
    • Health Services at Western University
    • Stress
    • Psychological Services
  5. The TA Contract – Duties Specification Agreement

    Slide 5 - The TA Contract – Duties Specification Agreement

    • TA Role
    • Outlines expectations of your supervisor
    • Specifies the types of duties you will perform as a TA
    • Provides an estimate of the number of hours for each duty
    • Faces a midterm review to ensure it is realistic and can be met
    • Back to Outline
  6. PSAC Local 610 Website

    Slide 6 - PSAC Local 610 Website

    • Graduate Teaching Assistants Collective Agreement
    • Graduate Teaching Assistants Handbook
    • The GTA Union, also known as PSAC Local 610, negotiates with the University on your behalf
    • The GTA Handbook is a quick reference of rules and services provided by the PSAC union
    • The Collective Agreement defines conditions, compensations and benefits for union members
    • More information can be found at the PSAC website
    • TA Role
    • Back to Outline
  7. TA Role

    Slide 7 - TA Role

    • Your role as a TA is outlined by your TA Contract that you sign at the beginning of your assignment
    • The Graduate Teaching Assistants Union defines and negotiates your rights & responsibilities
    • What if I have problems with something?
    • Talk to the office of the Ombudsperson!
    • Academic Integrity
    • Honesty
    • Trust
    • Fairness
    • Respect
    • Responsibility
    • Back to Outline
  8. TA Role

    Slide 8 - TA Role

    • What does the Office of the Ombudsperson do?
    • Provides a safe, confidential environment in which students can discuss a University-related problem or concern
    • Suggests approaches and strategies for addressing and managing conflicts
    • Provides general information about University resources, procedures, rules and students' rights & responsibilities
    • Works with students to identify problem-solving strategies for resolving their concerns
    • In situations where there is no further recourse, the Ombudsperson may investigate or review a decision, and may recommend a remedy (Recommendations of the Ombudsperson are not binding)
    • Back to Outline
  9. Helpful Resources from the Office of the Ombudsperson:

    Slide 9 - Helpful Resources from the Office of the Ombudsperson:

    • TA Role
    • Relationships with Supervisors – A Guide for Graduate Students
    • Helpful tips for navigating relations professionally
    • Visit the Office of the Ombudsperson Website for more information!
    • Academic Integrity Module
    • Basics of academic integrity and dishonesty
    • Back to Outline
  10. Teaching

    Slide 10 - Teaching

    • The Teaching Support Centre (TSC) aims to facilitate teaching excellence, mentorship and professional development. There are resources for every step of the teaching process that are there for you!
    • Graduate students are eligible for many workshops & programs offered by the TSC:
    • Teaching Assistant Training Program
    • Advanced Teaching Program
    • Certificate in University Teaching and Learning
    • Back to Outline
  11. Teaching

    Slide 11 - Teaching

    • International students can benefit from specialized resources on campus aimed at helping develop teaching skills in Canada. The following programs are offered by the TSC for international students:
    • International Student Programs
    • Western Certificate in Academic & Professional Communication for International Graduate Students
    • Tips for teaching international students and for international TAs
    • Back to Outline
  12. Teaching

    Slide 12 - Teaching

    • The TSC has developed another TA Handbook that aims to address many basic questions you may face as a TA at Western. The following Sections are of particular importance for your role in the Faculty of Science:
    • Being an effective lab TA
    • Components of a typical laboratory session
    • Questions to ask yourself when preparing for a lab
    • Responses to common laboratory questions
    • Tips for tutorials and office hours
    • General marking tips
    • TA Handbook
    • Back to Outline
  13. Career Skills

    Slide 13 - Career Skills

    • Consider your TAship an opportunity for career development where you can improve on skills to make yourself an attractive candidate for future employers.
    • At Western, there are various avenues for you to improve existing skills and develop new ones.
    • Back to Outline
    • Writing Support Centre
    • Learning Skills
    • Information for Grad Students
    • Career & Professional Development
    • Research & Academic Skills
    • Leadership & Mentorship
    • Presentation
    • Writing
    • CareerCentral
    • Degree To Career
    • Available Programs
    • Student Success Centre
    • Student Development Centre
    • GradPath
  14. Career Skills

    Slide 14 - Career Skills

    • When you look beyond Western University, the pool of resources available to you becomes limitless. Here are just a couple of helpful examples of what the world has to offer Graduate Students looking to develop career skills.
    • University Affairs is a source of information about the Canadian university community. It includes practical advice to help your career. Pieces that may be of interest to you include:
    • Best practices for grad students using LinkedIn
    • How grad students can improve their skill sets
    • Mistakes students make when job searching
    • How to ask for a reference letter
    • Time management tips for PhDs
    • Back to Outline
  15. Career Skills

    Slide 15 - Career Skills

    • When you look beyond Western University, the resources available to you becomes limitless. Here are just a couple of helpful examples of what the world has to offer Graduate Students looking to develop career skills.
    • MyGradSkills.ca is an educational resource for Ontario grad students. You can enhance your professional skills through online modules in the following categories:
    • Career Development
    • Communication
    • Teaching & Learning
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Research
    • Back to Outline
  16. Health

    Slide 16 - Health

    • Across campus there are many outlets for health & wellness support, Health Services is central in offering resources.
    • Back to Outline
    • Health Services
    • Stress
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • International Student Support
  17. Mental health is a topic of great concern for graduate students, with assistance programs available across campus:

    Slide 17 - Mental health is a topic of great concern for graduate students, with assistance programs available across campus:

    • Health
    • Stress
    • Back to Outline
    • Health Services:
    • 50 Tips to Reduce Stress
    • Stress in University
    • Stress Management
    • Mental Health
    • Student Development Centre:
    • Psychological Services
  18. May you enjoy and appreciate the TA experience at Western!

    Slide 18 - May you enjoy and appreciate the TA experience at Western!