Certificate Programs

Each semester TAP offers workshops and/or panel discussions covering a wide range of topics to assist TAs with their continued professional development. These sessions, designed for current and future TAs, are free. You may attend as many or as few sessions as you wish.

The workshops are broken down into Certificate Programs, each concerned with a particular area. Students who attend at least four sessions in a particular workshop series will receive a certificate of participation. (There is no time deadline; a certificates may be earned over one or several semesters.) You may earn multiple certificates. View a list of past workshops.

Registration is not required, but is appreciated.

Upcoming Workshops

Improving your Classroom Skills


Tuesday January 29
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Room 109, Despite extensive training and expertise in their disciplines, many graduate student TAs feel under-qualified to be teaching. Yet having confidence in your abilities as an instructor is a key component for successful teaching. During this session, we will discuss common contributors to this lack of confidence and insecurity many teachers feel. We will also discuss strategies to boost your own teaching self-efficacy: for example, through preparation, student interaction, peer observation, affirmation, and more.


Thursday, February 7
11:45 - 1:45 p.m.
Room 411ABC, Designed to help TAs prepare teaching portfolios, this program helps graduate students to consider their own goals as a future faculty member. The three major parts of a teaching portfolio will be covered, including teaching responsibilities, teaching philosophy and goals, and evidence of effective teaching.


Wednesday, February 13
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Room 109,


Tuesday, February 26
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Room 120ABC, Graduate student TAs wear many hats: student, researcher, and teacher just to name a few. Finding a balance between all of these responsibilities can be challenging. In this workshop, we will discuss concrete strategies for setting priorities and attainable goals, methods for keeping track of tasks and projects, and tips for dealing with digital clutter such as how to clean out your email inbox.


Tuesday, March 5
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Room 109, Classroom discussions allow students to interact with one another and actively engage in the learning process. Navigating classroom discussions often presents challenges however. While some students may dominate discussion, others shy away from participation. At times, classroom discussions may drift off topic as well. This session will explore strategies for overcoming these challenges to ensure that conversations help students meet your learning goals. We will explore a variety of activities designed to get your students talking!


Wednesday April 3
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Room 109, Summer classes present TAs with different challenges and opportunities. Because these courses have both a compressed time period and longer classes, instructors need to find different ways of presenting their material. This workshop will provide TAs with information on how to teach effectively during summer session.

Teaching with Technology

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