2018 TA Orientation

TA Orientation

TA Orientation

The TA Orientation make-up session will be hosted on October 1, 2021 (space is limited). 

Important Information:

- Complete the Daily Symptom Survey on the date of your TA Orientation session to access a university event site. The survey must show the date of your TA Orientation session. 
- Wear a face covering regardless of vaccination status (per UC Davis policy). 
- Self-Paced Modules on Canvas
- TA Guide to Effective Teaching
- Review the UC Davis Public Health Policies and Requirements

Refer to the “Final Reminder Email” for complete instructions for your TA Orientation sessions.

The 2021 Fall TA Orientation will be offered in a hybrid format consisting of both self-paced, online modules and in-person workshops. The in-person sessions will allow participants to discuss and apply the concepts introduced in the online modules. Participants must complete both the online and in-person components of the orientation to meet the participation requirements.

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. Pre-registration is required. 

 

If you were unable to attend TA Orientation in September, you may now register for our make-up session taking place on October 1, 8:45 am - 12:00 pm. Space is limited; please register promptly.

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The TA's Guide to Effective Teaching at UC Davis - download PDF

Image: TA Guide Cover

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 20, 2021
Pharmacology and Toxicology Monday, September 20, 2021
Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Monday, September 20, 2021
Integrative Genetics and Genomics Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology Monday, September 20, 2021
Communication Monday, September 20, 2021
Chemical Engineering Monday, September 20, 2021
Materials Science and Engineering Monday, September 20, 2021
Chemistry Monday, September 20, 2021
Pharmaceutical Chemistry Monday, September 20, 2021
Classics Monday, September 20, 2021
French and Italian Monday, September 20, 2021
German and Russian Monday, September 20, 2021
Comparative Literature Monday, September 20, 2021
Food Science Monday, September 20, 2021
Sociology Monday, September 20, 2021
Forensic Science Monday, September 20, 2021
Civil and Environmental Engineering Monday, September 20, 2021
Biomedical Engineering Monday, September 20, 2021
Community Development Monday, September 20, 2021
Avian Sciences Monday, September 20, 2021
Computer Science Monday, September 20, 2021
Biostatistics Monday, September 20, 2021
Statistics Monday, September 20, 2021
Ecology Monday, September 20, 2021
Ecology (Joint program with SDSU) Monday, September 20, 2021
Environmental Policy and Management Monday, September 20, 2021
Population Biology Monday, September 20, 2021
Education (Credential with M.A.) Monday, September 20, 2021
Education (Doctor of Philosophy) Monday, September 20, 2021
Education (Master of Arts) Monday, September 20, 2021
Educational Leadership (Capital Area North Doctorate in Educational Monday, September 20, 2021
International Agricultural Development Monday, September 20, 2021
Native American Studies Monday, September 20, 2021
Neuroscience Monday, September 20, 2021
Master's Entry Program in Nursing Monday, September 20, 2021
Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership (Doctor of Philosophy) Monday, September 20, 2021
Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership (Master of Science) Monday, September 20, 2021
Physician Assistant Studies Monday, September 20, 2021
Philosophy Monday, September 20, 2021
Psychology Monday, September 20, 2021
Study of Religion Monday, September 20, 2021
International Commercial Law Monday, September 20, 2021
Master of Laws Monday, September 20, 2021
Spanish and Portuguese Monday, September 20, 2021
Applied Mathematics Monday, September 20, 2021
Mathematics Monday, September 20, 2021
Animal Behavior Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Applied Science Engineering Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Art Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Atmospheric Science Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Hydrologic Sciences Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Soils and Biogeochemistry Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Child Development Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Human Development Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Clinical Research Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Health Informatics Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Public Health Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Dramatic Art Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Performance Studies Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Economics Tuesday, September 21, 2021
English Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Creative Writing (GECW) Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Entomology Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Geography Tuesday, September 21, 2021
History Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Music Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Political Science Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Textiles Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Biophysics Monday, September 20, 2021
Energy Systems Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Transportation Technology and Policy Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Cultural Studies Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Linguistics Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Animal Biology Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Anthropology Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Art History Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Biological Systems Engineering Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Business Administration Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Business Analytics Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Master of Professional Accountancy Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Maternal and Child Nutrition Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Nutritional Biology Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Agricultural and Resource Economics Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Design Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Electrical and Computer Engineering Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Epidemiology Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Human Development Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Integrative Pathobiology Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Preventative Veterinary Medicine Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Immunology Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Geology Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Horticulture and Agronomy Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Microbiology (SOM) Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Plant Biology Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Plant Pathology Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Viticulture and Enology Tuesday, September 21, 2021
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Covid-19 Guidance

  • What health and safety precautions will be taken at the event?
  • All attendees must follow UC Davis’s public health policies and requirements, which include wearing a face covering and complying with the UC COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate by September 8th. Students who are not in compliance with the vaccination policy “will not be permitted physical access to University facilities and programs,” including TA Orientation. Please note that campus policies and requirements are subject to change, so monitor UC Davis Campus Ready site for updates. We will also continue to update this page as more information becomes available.
  • What happens if an individual does not comply with the health policies and requirements during the event?
  • If an individual is not in compliance with university health policies (i.e., not wearing a mask), they will first receive a verbal reminder from on-site staff. If the individual continues to not comply after being reminded, they will be asked to leave the event and will not receive credit for attending the orientation. They will also be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with student conduct policies.
  • Where can I learn about Covid-19 policies for TAs?
  • Graduate Studies maintains a Covid-19 FAQ page for graduate students, which includes information about employment and expectations for TAs.
  • (NEW) Testing Requirement
  • To be compliant with the UC Davis Screening and Testing program, routine testing is now required of all registered students and Davis campus employees, regardless of how often you access university-controlled facilities. Starting on Sept. 20, students and employees who have verified they are fully vaccinated are required to get tested at least every 14 days, regardless of when you access university-controlled facilities.

TAO FAQ (2021)

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.