Orientations to Teaching at Brown

The Center offers orientations to teaching at Brown for all new instructors. 

Launch New Faculty Orientation to Teaching at Brown

In conjunction with Digital Learning & Design and the College, the Sheridan Center offers a two-day Launch New Faculty Orientation to Teaching at Brown for faculty and postdocs. The orientation features:

  • an overview of teaching at Brown by the Dean of the College
  • conversations about university teaching resources with campus representatives
  • 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.

The 2020 Orientation will take place July 30-31. Please register by July 28, 2020, for a space in this valuable program. Please contact [email protected] for more details or questions.

Faculty and postdoctoral scholars who are unable to attend the fall orientation also have the opportunity to attend a workshop on Teaching for the First Time at Brown, offered in September and January. New instructors have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in conversation in an informal setting. Please see [email protected] for more information about this 60-minute session.

Graduate TA Orientation

In conjunction with the Graduate School, the Sheridan Center offers an orientation for Graduate TAs designed to complement departmental TA training. In this fully online, asynchronous, self-paced orientation, Graduate Teaching Assistants aim to improve their students' learning and their own experiences as teachers through a reflective exploration of their own practices and beliefs about teaching. While this orientation is designed for Graduate TAs who are new to their roles, experienced graduate student TAs and graduate instructors may also find it useful as a continuing professional development opportunity. 

Participants in the Graduate TA Orientation program will:

  • Reflect on their teaching and learning-related values
  • Learn about inclusive teaching strategies 
  • Set goals for their teaching and learn how to assess their progress
  • Prepare to teach and plan for the first days of class
  • Prepare to TA in different learning contexts, including online environments
  • Learn how to provide equitable feedback and grades to students
  • Identify available resources to support their teaching and their students' learning

Register Here! 

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

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Orientation

Not sure what to do to create an inviting learning environment? Are you interested in learning more about how to work with students? Need ideas for working online or in group settings?

In this fully online, asynchronous, self-paced orientation, Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (UTAs) aim to improve their students' learning and their own experiences as teachers through a reflective exploration of their own practices and beliefs about teaching. While this orientation is designed for UTAs who are new to their roles, experienced UTAs may also find it useful as a continuing professional development opportunity. The modules should take 2-3 hours to complete. We strongly suggest that students be compensated by their departments the hourly pay for their time as the orientation is professional development. Registration is required with the Canvas site available through the term. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Christina Smith at [email protected]

Participants in the Undergraduate TA Orientation will:

  • Reflect on their teaching and learning-related values
  • Set goals for their teaching and know how to assess their progress
  • Prepare to teach and plan for the first days of class
  • Prepare to TA in different learning contexts, including online environments
  • Identify available resources to support their teaching and their students' learning