Teaching Assistants: Creating an effective partnership

Nicole Nivillac, Uzma Nadeem and Alessandro Filazzola

Teaching Assistants (TAs) are on the front lines of teaching York’s undergraduate students. Maintaining a good working relationship between TAs and course instructors is key to creating an effective teaching team and ensuring the success of a course. The questions that will be explored in this session are: How can we help TAs to align with course goals and expectations? What are best practices for communicating with TAs? What methods can be used to maintain consistency among TAs with regards to class administration and assessment of student work? What potential challenges may arise and how can I deal with them? How can I be an effective mentor for my TA team? Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences with TAs and solutions to possible issues.