Conference for Graduate Teaching Assistants

The Graduate School, in partnership with the Center for Educational Innovation, is pleased to offer the annual conference for graduate teaching assistants.

About the Conference for Graduate Teaching Assistants

This half-day event is designed to help prepare graduate students for success in their instructional roles at UB and beyond. Through interactive presentations and discussions, participants will gain knowledge on effective teaching practices, learn tips and best practices from other TAs, network with peers, and be connected to instruction related services and resources.

This event is free to UB graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

The registration period has ended.

Date and Location

Friday, August 24, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
Active Learning Center, 1220 Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Downtown Campus

Contact Information

Monica Carter





8:30 a.m.

Morning refreshments provided.
Top Questions About Being a TA (Table Discussion)
Come prepared with your top two questions or concerns for the upcoming semester.

8:50 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks (Graham Hammill)


9:00 a.m.

How to Jump-Start Learning in Your Classroom (Jim Jensen)


9:50 a.m.

Working With Faculty (TA Panel)


10:00 a.m.



10:10 a.m.

Building Teams Through Bias Literacy (Terri Budek)


11:00 a.m.

Classroom Management and Common Challenges (TA Panel)


11:10 a.m.



11:20 a.m.

Introduction to CIRTL@UB (Luis Colon)


11:30 a.m.

Recitation and Lab Sections (TA Panel)


11:40 a.m.

Question and Answer (TA Panel)


12:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks


12:10 p.m.

Conference End


Schedule is subject to change.

Who can participate?

Participants can be current graduate teaching assistants and others involved or interested in teaching, including those who:

  • Interact with students across a variety of settings (lecture, lab, recitation or office hours).
  • Support teaching and learning in the classroom.
  • Wish to develop their teaching skills.