Teaching Assistant Handbook

Compiled by Prof. Gary E. Ford, September 1999
Revised by Prof. Richard R. Spencer, July, 2000

Introduction

Teaching assistants (TAs) in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of California Davis play an important role in the process of undergraduate education. It is no exaggeration to say that we could not function without TAs. As a TA you will assist faculty in the instruction, advising, and evaluation of students.

This handbook was written as an introduction to university teaching and as an instructional resource for TAs in ECE. It is intended to complement the excellent TA Handbook prepared by the UC Davis Teaching Resources Center (TRC). The TRC TA Handbook is revised annually and made available to TAs during the fall TA orientation program conducted by TRC and required of all new TAs.

Use this handbook as you would any manual. If you are a teacher with previous experience, you might prefer to pick and choose those sections that are most applicable to your needs. If you are a first-time teacher, you might prefer to read the handbook in its entirety, returning later to areas of interest or concern. In either case, this handbook will be valuable to you as a teaching assistant and university educator.

Portions of this handbook were adapted from an earlier, unattributed ECE TA handbook and from the Teaching Assistant Handbook (1996 revised edition) by Rosalind Streichler of the Center for Teaching Development at the University of California, San Diego.

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