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Teaching and Research Assistant General Orientation Sessions

The Office of Graduate Studies is hosting our annual TA/RA orientation series for Fall 2017. We HIGHLY encourage new TAs/RAs to attend!

These sessions will cover general issues relevant to all Teaching and Research Assistants across campus. All sessions will cover faculty mentorship, campus regulations and resources for graduate students, and graduate financial aid requirements. The sessions will also focus on campus-wide issues and resources related to teaching or research. We will also have a case study component to foster discussion and bring real-life experience to the sessions.  

These sessions are intended for first-time assistants, although experienced assistants are welcome to attend. Please note that research and teaching assistant orientations are offered as separate sessions. Assistants need only attend ONE orientation

For those who cannot attend in person we will have GotoMeeting electronic "virtual" sessions. Each session (in person and virtual) are limited to 16 people, so sign up soon!

We will have lunch or snack for each in person session!

In-person meetings:
RA: Aug. 29, 2:00PM, SIS 300
TA: Aug. 31, 11:00AM, SIS 300
RA: Sept. 6, 11:30 AM, Kreeger 100

Virtual Gotomeeting sessions. You will receive instructions on how to log in/phone into the event once you sign up. You'll need a phone or webcam/headset and speakers to participate in the GotoMeeting sessions.
RA: Aug. 31, 8:00 PM
TA: Sept. 7, 8:00 PM

Graduate Enhancement Workshop Series

Reading Strategies

Presented by Ira Fabri, Academic Support and Access Center

Are you struggling to get through your course readings? This workshop will help you read more efficiently and effectively to achieve course goals. We will share active reading strategies, tips for creating context around your readings, and how to take useful reading notes. We will also briefly discuss methods for effectively engaging with PDFs and electronic texts.
Sept. 11, 2017
4:30 PM
SIS 300


Speed Reading

Presented by: Rebecca Desantis, Academic Support and Access Center

Are you interested in increasing your reading speed? This workshop will help you learn ways to improve your reading speed and comprehension through the techniques of meta-guiding and rapid serial visual presentation.
Sept. 18, 2017
4:30 PM
SIS 300


Pivot Training & Foundation Directory Funding Tools: Find the Grants You Need

Presented by Jennifer Maher, Communications Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs offers informational sessions for faculty and staff interested in independently searching for funding opportunities. The information sessions will provide training on how to use our current funding opportunity database, Pivot, and will assist faculty and staff in developing user profiles to receive direct funding opportunity announcements related to their research/program interests.
Sept. 20, 2017
5:30 PM
SIS 300


Time Management I

Presented by Lindsay Northup-Moore, Academic Support and Access Center

Time management is the foundation to one's success in graduate school. Juggling classes, schoolwork, work, and life's demands is difficult and can lead to undue stress that affects your performance and productivity. Attend our workshop to learn about planning and study apps, prioritized to-do list-making, strategic studying, and multi-tasking to help you stay on top of your work, hopefully with time to spare. It is sure to be a good use of your time!
Sept. 25, 2017
4:30 PM
SIS 300


Theses and Dissertations: Electronic Submission Process

Christopher Lewis, Associate & Media Librarian, University Library,
Lauren Tabbara, Director, Graduate Academic Programs, CAS
Alayne Mundt, Resource Description Librarian, American University Library
Stacy Marien, Acquistions Librarian, University Library

This session will provide critical information about the thesis and dissertation completion process, including: formatting requirements, the online submission system, your publishing options, and copyright considerations. Whether you are just beginning your thesis or dissertation, or plan to submit it this semester, come learn about the resources available to help you.
Sept. 26 2017
4:00 PM
Library 115

Time Management II

Presented by Lindsay Northup-Moore, Academic Support and Access Center

Time management is the foundation to one's success in graduate school. Juggling classes, schoolwork, work, and life's demands is difficult and can lead to undue stress that affects your performance and productivity. Attend our workshop to learn about planning and study apps, prioritized to-do list-making, strategic studying, and multi-tasking to help you stay on top of your work, hopefully with time to spare. It is sure to be a good use of your time!
Oct. 2, 2017
4:30 PM
SIS 300


Overview of Grant Proposals

Presented by Christina Corvo, Grants and Contracts Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs

Learn how to submit proposal at American University in this 60-minute workshop. We will discuss developing your project idea; identifying funding sources; timelines; proposal elements; and tips from the Office of Sponsored Programs. Be prepared to bring any questions you might have about the proposal process.
Oct. 09 2017
4:00 PM
Library 115

Fulfilling (and Excelling at) your Foreign Language Requirement Examination: Resources and Strategies

Presented by Gorki Cruz, Director, Center for Language Learning, World Languages and Cultures

We will start by looking at the current format of the exam and look at some samples. We will continue with a discussion about what is entailed by the exam and tailoring your prep efforts to address the exam's demands. We will then utilize a standardized instrument so you can determine your foreign language experience and have a clear idea of where you stand in regard to the required proficiency. For those starting a new language or brushing up on a language, we will discuss specific language study strategies and the resources available on campus. The sessions will take place in the Center for Language Learning in the Asbury Building.
Oct. 11, 2017
4:30 PM
CLEAR (Asbury Building, B-29)


Making the Most of Mentoring

Presented by Marshay Hall, Project Coordinator, Office of Graduate Studies

Are you a grad student looking to build a productive and professionally rewarding relationship with a faculty mentor? Then join us to discuss what to look for in a mentor, the importance of communication and expectations, discussing and handling differences. We'll share worksheets, resources, and tools that will help make a mentoring relationship successful!
Oct. 18 2017
4:30 PM
Library 115


Fulfilling (and Excelling at) your Foreign Language Requirement Examination: Resources and Strategies

Presented by Gorki Cruz, Director, Center for Language Learning, World Languages and Cultures

We will start by looking at the current format of the exam and look at some samples. We will continue with a discussion about what is entailed by the exam and tailoring your prep efforts to address the exam's demands. We will then utilize a standardized instrument so you can determine your foreign language experience and have a clear idea of where you stand in regard to the required proficiency. For those starting a new language or brushing up on a language, we will discuss specific language study strategies and the resources available on campus. The sessions will take place in the Center for Language Learning in the Asbury Building.
Nov. 1 2017
4:30 PM
CLEAR (Asbury Building, B-29)


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