Teaching Assistant Handbook

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

Assistance and Support

Your first resource for assistance and support for your TA responsibilities is the instructor(s) in charge of the course(s) to which you have been assigned. Make arrangements for scheduled meetings with the instructor(s) and bring to these meetings any questions or problems you have encountered in your TA assignments.

The ECE TA supervisor is the ECE Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies. He should be contacted if you have any problems or concerns about your responsibilities as a TA, or if you need further assistance with your teaching.

Other teaching assistance is also available through the ECE department. Experienced teachers are often willing to help their less experienced colleagues, and many are willing to serve as mentors. Teachers who have received special recognition are particularly helpful in providing information about good teaching. One other resource which is often overlooked is the students. They can often tell you what works and what doesn't work.

Teaching Resources Center

The Teaching Resources Center (TRC), located in 17 Wellman Hall, exists to assist faculty members, TAs, students, and administrators in their efforts to develop and maintain excellence in teaching on the Davis campus.

To meet this goal the TRC offers a wide spectrum of programs and services. TAs who are interested in improving their teaching abilities are encouraged to meet with TRC consultants in order to discuss which programs and services may be of help. These programs include the annual TA orientation, videotape consultation service, course evaluation, workshops and seminars, consultation, a library of instructional resource materials, and future faculty programs

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