Teaching Assistant Orientation (TAO)

TAO provides RIT's teaching assistants with an overview of the departments and resources they will need to be successful in their positions assisting faculty in the classroom. Orientation includes sessions on the TA’s role and responsibilities, elements of teaching fundamentals, teaching with technology, classroom management/student behaviors, library resources, academic integrity policies, and resources for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Questions should be directed to Linda Lagree, Office of Graduate Education, at ljlapo@rit.edu.

Fall 2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation is Thursday, August 23, from 1-4 pm. Registration is limited to students who will be appointed as teaching assistants in the fall semester. Space is limited; register early.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation Agenda 



1:00 – 1:10 pm




Welcome & Overview of Teaching Assistant’s Role
Dr. Twyla Cummings, Dean of Graduate Education

Provides an explanation of the roles of the teaching assistant (lab facilitator, discussion leader, team teacher, grader, etc.); the lead faculty’s roles and expectations; RIT’s policies on graduate students in teaching roles; and benefits realized from the TA experience.

Orientation Slides
Office of Graduate Education website 

1:15-2:00 pm


Innovative Learning Institute/Teaching and Learning Services (TLS)
Rebecca Johnson, Instructional Design Researcher and Consultant

Offers an overview of instructional services available at TLS; a discussion on student engagement in the classroom; and how to create your personal learning network. A new Community of Inquiry will be introduced for TAs, followed by time for questions from the audience.

Orientation Slides 
ILI website

2:00-2:45 pm


Resources and Services for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students 
Ann Marie Kuntz, Manager, Real-time Captioning & Notetaking Services

Covers resources and information on how to work with deaf/hard-of-hearing students in your class.  The different services supported by NTID's Department of Access Services will be shared and discussed with examples of how to apply in the classroom.  

Orientation Slides

Video, "The Hammer"
Captioning-Notetaking Handout

Teach2Connect website


3:00-3:30 pm


RIT Libraries
Academic Integrity & Plagiarism

Roman Koshykar, Computing and Information Sciences Librarian and Graduate Services Coordinator

Provides an overview of RIT’s library resources for instructors.  You are probably already aware of what the library offers to students, but as TAs you may view the library’s resources in a slightly different light.  This session also covers Academic Integrity and information on RIT’s policies and best practices.

RIT Library website 

Library’s citation guides

Academic Integrity website

Library guide for graduate students 

3:30 - 3:50  pm

Title IX
Stacy DeRooy, Title IX Coordinator

Includes an overview of RIT's policies and process for handling Title IX complaints while reinforcing expectations for community behavior. The session will inform TAs of resources available to them and their obligations related to complying with Title IX and related statutes. 

Orientation slides
Title IX website

3:50 – 4:00 pm

Q & A, Orientation Feedback

Last updated 8-23-18 12pm