Orientations to Teaching at Brown

The Center offers orientations to teaching at Brown for all new instructors. Faculty and postdocs are welcome to attend the Center’s orientation for new faculty. Graduate students should attend the workshops for new TAs listed below.

New Faculty Orientation to Teaching at Brown

In conjunction with the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the Center offers a New Faculty Orientation to Teaching at Brown before the start of classes each semester. The fall orientation features:

  • an overview of teaching at Brown by the Dean of the College
  • conversations about university teaching resources with campus representatives
  • panels providing student and faculty perspectives on teaching and learning at Brown
  • the opportunity for small-group, division-based discussions
  • workshops on inclusive teaching facilitated by Brown faculty and staff.

Fall 2019 agenda

Faculty and postdoctoral scholars who are unable to attend the fall orientation also have the opportunity to attend a lunch workshop on Preparing for the First Days of Class, offered in September and January. New instructors have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation in an informal setting. The Fall 2019 New Faculty Orientation will be held on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Workshops for New Graduate TAs

In conjunction with the Graduate School, the Sheridan Center offers a series of hands-on workshops for first-time Graduate Teaching Assistants. Designed to complement departmental TA training, these workshops are offered multiple times during the Fall semester on the following topics:

Preparing for the First Days of Class

Facilitated by Sheridan Head Teaching Consultants, this workshop explores inclusive teaching techniques, ways to generate student enthusiasm for the subject matter, and strategies for increasing confidence in the classroom. This workshop will be offered on the following dates at the Sheridan Center (SciLi 720):

Registration is required for all Sheridan workshops. Bookmark this page--Registration opens in August!

The Sheridan Center also offers certificate programs for graduate students and additional workshops on other teaching topics. See our events page for this year’s dates.

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Orientation

On Saturday, September 14, from 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00, the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning will be offering a general UTA orientation. This program was designed through careful interviews with Brown faculty and UTAs across the University.

  • 10:00-12:00 General Orientation
    Not sure what to do on the first day of teaching? Are you interested in learning more about how to approach and work with students? Through interactive activities, this orientation will cover professionalism, creating inclusive learning environments, effective teaching strategies, and best practices for continual improvement as a UTA. All students are encouraged to attend the UTA Microteaching Session in the afternoon to practice what they have learned. Breakfast will be served from 9:30-10:00. Registration is required.
  • 1:00-3:00 UTA Microteaching Sessions
    Want to practice your teaching before the term starts? Looking for a way to get constructive feedback in an informal, low-stakes format? Want to see how others teach and share ideas? Then attend the UTA Microteaching Session! Microteaching offers students an opportunity to practice their teaching for a short period of time (~5 minutes) and receive targeted feedback from peers about their teaching and goals. This session is open to all UTAs, however it is preferred you attend the previous orientation (either this term or in previous terms) to implement what you have learned. Registration is required.

UTAs interested in an academic course about many of these same topics, with a community of other UTAs, may be interested in the Problem-Solving Fellows Program, which involves enrollment in UNIV 1110. For questions about the UTA Orientation or the Problem-Solving Fellows Program, please contact Christina Smith ([email protected]).

It is necessary for UTAs to discuss attendance to the orientation with instructors to inform them that departments will need to compensate their UTAs for 2-4 hours of training, at the hourly rate.