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Teaching Assistant Services

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TA Orientation

Each fall the center, in conjunction with the three schools, organizes an orientation for teaching assistant (TAs). This orientation introduces new and returning TAs to the teaching culture at UC Merced. General questions such as “What is college teaching?” and "Who are UC Merced students?" will be addressed. In addition, the orientation will cover important pedagogical principles, classroom dynamics, course planning and other teaching strategies. On-going support services for TAs are available at the center throughout the year.

Teaching Matters Workshops - Discontinued.  Watch for the newly developed seminar series for TAs, "Fundamentals of Success as a TA" to be offered in the Fall, 2019.


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