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. 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):

  • August 26, 2019; 1-2 pm (open to all graduate students)
  • August 27, 2019; 2-3 pm (open to all graduate students)
  • August 29, 2019; 2-3 pm (open to graduate students in STEM fields)
  • August 30, 2019; 1-2 pm (open to graduate students in the Humanities or Social Sciences)

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, February 2, 2019, from 9:00-12:30, breakfast from 9:00-9:30. Through interactive activities, the orientation will cover professionalism, creating inclusive learning environments, effective teaching strategies, and best practices for continual improvement. During the orientation there will be time to practice your teaching and receive feedback from peers. Feel free to prepare a five minute lesson on a topic of your choosing, you will also be given a short amount of time during the orientation to prepare should you wish to. 

There will be more specific and tailored programming for UTAs whose roles include creating lesson plans and working with groups of students throughout the Spring 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 through this google form, and open to all students who will be a UTA in the Spring of 2019.