2018 TA Orientation

TA Orientation

TA Orientation

TA Orientation will be held September 19 & 20, 2022.

All TAs who have not yet attended the UC Davis TA Orientation are required to do so by the University of California Office of the President and UC Davis Graduate Studies, even if they have taught previously. This orientation is different and in addition to your department orientation. The goal of this requirement is to help graduate students develop as instructors and effectively teach our undergraduates. 

TA Orientation is designed to help graduate students succeed in their role as TAs at UC Davis by introducing them to the principles and practices of effective teaching. In-person sessions emphasize practical teaching skills and strategies, and include topics such as establishing a positive classroom atmosphere on the first day, leading effective discussions, presenting information clearly, and grading efficiently. In order to fulfill the TA Orientation requirement, you must attend all in-person workshops you are assigned toYou must also complete self-paced modules on UC Davis’s learning management system, Canvas, before attending your assigned session. You will receive instructions for accessing the modules early in September. Pre-registration is required.

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Registration will close Friday, September 2 at 5:00 PM



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Contact

If you have additional questions, please scroll to our FAQ's below. Still can't find an answer to your question? Email us at TAOrientation@ucdavis.edu.

TAO Program Schedule

ProgramDay
Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Monday, September 19, 2022
Pharmacology and Toxicology Monday, September 19, 2022
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Monday, September 19, 2022
Integrative Genetics and Genomics Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology Monday, September 19, 2022
Communication Monday, September 19, 2022
Chemical Engineering Monday, September 19, 2022
Materials Science and Engineering Monday, September 19, 2022
Chemistry Monday, September 19, 2022
Pharmaceutical Chemistry Monday, September 19, 2022
Classics Monday, September 19, 2022
French and Italian Monday, September 19, 2022
German and Russian Monday, September 19, 2022
Comparative Literature Monday, September 19, 2022
Food Science Monday, September 19, 2022
Sociology Monday, September 19, 2022
Forensic Science Monday, September 19, 2022
Civil and Environmental Engineering Monday, September 19, 2022
Biomedical Engineering Monday, September 19, 2022
Community Development Monday, September 19, 2022
Avian Sciences Monday, September 19, 2022
Computer Science Monday, September 19, 2022
Biostatistics Monday, September 19, 2022
Statistics Monday, September 19, 2022
Ecology Monday, September 19, 2022
Ecology (Joint program with SDSU) Monday, September 19, 2022
Environmental Policy and Management Monday, September 19, 2022
Population Biology Monday, September 19, 2022
Education (Credential with M.A.) Monday, September 19, 2022
Education (Doctor of Philosophy) Monday, September 19, 2022
Education (Master of Arts) Monday, September 19, 2022
Educational Leadership (Capital Area North Doctorate in Educational Monday, September 19, 2022
International Agricultural Development Monday, September 19, 2022
Native American Studies Monday, September 19, 2022
Neuroscience Monday, September 19, 2022
Master's Entry Program in Nursing Monday, September 19, 2022
Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership (Doctor of Philosophy) Monday, September 19, 2022
Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership (Master of Science) Monday, September 19, 2022
Physician Assistant Studies Monday, September 19, 2022
Philosophy Monday, September 19, 2022
Psychology Monday, September 19, 2022
Study of Religion Monday, September 19, 2022
International Commercial Law Monday, September 19, 2022
Master of Laws Monday, September 19, 2022
Spanish and Portuguese Monday, September 19, 2022
Applied Mathematics Monday, September 19, 2022
Mathematics Monday, September 19, 2022
Animal Behavior Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Applied Science Engineering Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Art Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Atmospheric Science Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Hydrologic Sciences Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Soils and Biogeochemistry Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Child Development Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Human Development Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Clinical Research Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Health Informatics Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Public Health Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Dramatic Art Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Performance Studies Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Economics Tuesday, September 20, 2022
English Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Creative Writing (GECW) Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Entomology Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Geography Tuesday, September 20, 2022
History Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Music Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Political Science Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Textiles Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Biophysics Monday, September 19, 2022
Energy Systems Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Transportation Technology and Policy Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Cultural Studies Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Linguistics Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Animal Biology Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Anthropology Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Art History Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Biological Systems Engineering Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Business Administration Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Business Analytics Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Master of Professional Accountancy Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Maternal and Child Nutrition Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Nutritional Biology Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Agricultural and Resource Economics Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Design Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Electrical and Computer Engineering Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Epidemiology Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Human Development Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Integrative Pathobiology Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Preventative Veterinary Medicine Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Immunology Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Earth and Planetary Sciences Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Horticulture and Agronomy Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Microbiology (SOM) Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Plant Biology Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Plant Pathology Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Viticulture and Enology Tuesday, September 20, 2022
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Covid-19 Guidance

TAO FAQ (2022)

Registration and Attendance

  • Why is TA Orientation required?
  • All TAs who have not yet attended the UC Davis TA Orientation (TAO) are required to do so by the University of California Office of the President and UC Davis Graduate Studies. This includes those with previous teaching experience. TA Orientation is designed to help graduate students succeed in their role as TAs at UC Davis by introducing them to the principles and practices of effective teaching, as well as providing UC Davis specific context. If you attended UC Davis for a prior graduate degree and attended TAO in the past, check with your department to determine whether they want you to attend again. 
  • How will my attendance be recorded?
  • As you work through the online modules, you will be asked to complete a number of activities that will validate your completion. During the in-person component, we will validate attendance using participation activities that you submit through Canvas (UC Davis's learning management platform) at designated times during each session. You will need to bring a device to your in-person session (a phone, tablet, or computer are all fine).
  • Do I receive a certificate of completion?
  • The Center for Educational Effectiveness does not issue certificates for completing TA Orientation. All certified attendance records are sent to Graduate Coordinators and department heads. Please check with your department representative for verification; records are typically available in October.
  • I'm observing religious holiday that conflicts with TAO. What are my options?
  • If your department is scheduled to attend TAO on a day that conflicts with a religious holiday, please email TAOrientation@ucdavis.edu for an accommodation. We will honor your religious observances by moving you to the other day's session or to the makeup session to be held in October.
  • What if something came up and I can't attend the session I am registered for?
  • If something has come up and you are unable to attend the session that you are registered for, email TAOrientation@ucdavis.edu as soon as possible. We may be able to move you to an alternative session.
  • What is the contact information for UAW 2865 (Union)?
  • UAW 2865 Davis--Union Leadership

    davis@uaw2865.org

    UAW 2865 Davis Unit Chair--Deb Young

    deb@uaw2865.org

Accessibility

  • What if I have accessibility needs?
  • If you have accessibility needs that you did not indicate upon registration, please email TAOrientation@ucdavis.edu so that we can work to accommodate you.