UC Davis Teaching Assistant Consulting Program
Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs) provide consultations and workshops to campus Teaching Assistants (TAs), Associate Instructors (AIs), and postdocs to support instruction and promote student learning at UC Davis. Representing a range of backgrounds and disciplines, TACs work with graduate students from across campus.
The TAC Program Mission is to:
- Improve undergraduate education at UC Davis by working closely with instructors to strengthen teaching practices and enhance learning for all students.
- Support the professional growth of UC Davis TAs and AIs.
- Foster an environment where TAs and AIs can speak about their teaching experiences privately in one-on-one consultations or openly in teaching workshops.
The TACs offer these services:
- Workshops for graduate students and postdocs to enhance your teaching effectiveness and help you improve your student's learning;
- One-on-one TAC consultations to discuss your teaching and hear advice from an experienced instructor in a confidential setting;
- Topical Consultations on Teaching: receive advice or feedback on teaching issues such as lesson planning, creating rubrics, enhancing discussion, promoting participation, and more;
- Class Mid-Quarter Interview: hear feedback from students about ways to better support their learning needs before the quarter ends;
- Videorecording and Observation Services: see your teaching from a different perspective and discuss possible improvements;
- Teaching and Learning Philosophy: develop or refine your philosophy of teaching and learning to reflect on your teaching practices or for a job application.
Meet the 2016-2017 TACs
Become a TAC!
(Deadline Extended! TAC Applications are Due by 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 24th. Letter of Recommendation are due by 5:00pm on Friday, January 27th)
The TAC program is hiring! We are looking for graduate students who want to develop skills as a college instructor, enjoy collaborative work, and value diverse learning environments. The Teaching Assistant Consulting program is a professional development fellowship to prepare graduate students for careers in college teaching and help foster effective, inclusive teaching practices across campus.
TAC Fellows can expect to:
- Participate in ongoing learning and professional development opportunities.
- Receive a quarterly fellowship of $1,500 (note: this fellowship does NOT count toward your TA or GSR work percentage).
- Gain valuable experience for a career in college teaching.
- Provide one-on-one consultations for Teaching Assistants and Associate Instructors.
- Collaboratively facilitate workshops for Teaching Assistants and Associate Instructors.
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- An online application form
- Two (2) faculty letters of recommendation
- A personal statement that may address one or more of the following themes: collaboration, cultural competence, student-centered teaching, inclusive university environments, leadership, and communication.
- Summary of student evaluations from one course, and a paragraph reflecting on the evaluations.