Teaching and Research Assistant Orientation Series
These 2.5 hour sessions will cover general issues relevant to all TAs and RAs 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 (such as Blackboard and academic integrity) or research (such as library support and computer software). 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. These sessions are limited to 16 people each, so sign up soon! 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 session.
Refreshments will be served at the in-person sessions. Use the form at the bottom of this page to sign up.
RA Session: August 30, 9AM-Noon Butler Conference Room
TA Session: August 31, 1-3:30 PM SIS 300
TA Session: Sept. 1, 8-10:30PM (GotoMeeting)
RA Session: Sept. 7, 8-10:30PM (GotoMeeting)
TA Session: Sept. 8, 9AM-Noon SIS 300
Graduate Enhancement Workshop Series
Note that workshop times, locations and descriptions are subject to change at any time. All workshops will be held in the Graduate Research Center in Bender Library unless otherwise noted. Updates will be posted here - so check back often!
Time Management: Tips and Tools Presented by Julianne Winn, Associate Director, Learning Resources 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's sure to be a good use of your time! September 7, 2016 4:30-5:30 PM MGC 203-205
Reading Strategies September 19, 2016 4:30-5:30 PM MGC 247 Speed Reading October 11, 2016 4:30-5:30 PM Library Room 115
Preparing for Graduate Comprehensive Exams workshop This workshop will help graduate students to prepare for traditional, closed-book, timed essay exams. We will cover ways to organize materials and prepare study tools, as well as techniques for aiding memorization and easing test anxiety. October 4, 2016 4:30-5:30 PM Library Room 115
Grant Writing for Graduate Students Presented by Ashley Alexander, Assistant Director, Office of Sponsored Programs This interactive workshop will look at the fundamentals of proposal writing in the context of a successful funding strategy. It will examine the process of matching a project to a potential funder's interests and presenting it in the most effective way. October 10, 2016 4:30-5:30 PM Library Room 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’ll 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 strategies specific to language study as well as the resources here at AU. October 12, 2016 4:30-5:30 PM Library Room 115
Making the Most of Mentoring for Graduate Students Presented by Marshay Hall, Project Assistant, 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 September 7 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! October 19, 2016 5:30-6:30PM Library Room 115
Graduate Students and Sexual Assault: What You Need to Know Presented by The Wellness Center and OASIS (Office of Advocacy Services for Interpersonal and Sexual Violence) This hour-long presentation will cover how to maintain your health holistically and with balance as a graduate student and our services and resources available to you. The workshop will also cover our advocacy services for survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking; advocacy from OASIS is survivor-driven and intended to empower survivors to make informed decisions about their health, emotional well-being, and the adjudication process. Please join us for this informative and interactive presentation! October 17, 2016 5:00-6:00 PM Library Room 115
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