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 2018 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. Please see Sheridan's events page 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:

Responding to Student Writing

Facilitated by Sheridan Teaching Consultants, this workshop features hands-on practice in responding to and commenting on student writing, as well as a discussion of strategies for supporting student writing as a process. This workshop will be offered on the following dates at the Sheridan Center:

Feedback and Grading in STEM Courses

Facilitated by Sheridan Teaching Consultants, this workshop discusses the differences between types of feedback (summative and formative), ways to provide feedback to students, and strategies for challenges encountered when giving feedback. This workshop will be offered on the following dates at the Sheridan Center:

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

The Sheridan Center is offering a new UTA general orientation on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00-12:00. Through interactive activities, the orientation will cover professionalism, creating inclusive learning environments, effective teaching strategies, and best practices for continual improvement. There will be more specific and tailored programming for UTAs whose roles include creating lesson plans and working with groups of students throughout the Fall term.

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 three hours of training, at the hourly rate. Registration is available here, and open to all students who will be a UTA in the Fall of 2018.