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 are welcome attend Graduate TA Orientation (appropriate for new and returning TAs).

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.

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

This program will open in August 2020. Bookmark this page! Registration details will be posted here in early August.

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

UTA Orientation
Saturday, February 1

Not sure what to do to create an inviting learning environment? Are you interested in learning more about how to 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. Breakfast will be served from 9:30-10:00 and registration is required. 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 2.5 hours of training, at the hourly rate.