UC Davis Teaching Assistant Consulting Program

Teaching Assistant Consultants (TAC) Program promotes professional development for graduate student instructors with the goal of ultimately improving undergraduate student learning. Teaching Assistant Consultants (TACs) are graduate student fellows who gain valuable skills and experience by developing peer-facilitated programs and services for UC Davis TAs and AIs.

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.
  • Engage TACs in a community of practice in order to provide meaningful growth experiences that in turn improve TACs’ support for the campus teaching and learning community.
  • Encourage dialogue and collaboration among the TACs to broaden perspectives about the purposes and practices of higher education beyond individual disciplines and approaches.
  • Promote the development of TACs as instructors, consultants, and leaders in their leaning and teaching communities.

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.

Meet the 2016-2017 TACs

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Become a TAC!

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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Applications Include:

  1. An online application form
  2. Two (2) faculty letters of recommendation
  3. 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.
  4. Summary of student evaluations from one course, and a paragraph reflecting on the evaluations.