Support for Teaching & Instructional Assistants 

In support of departmental programs for Teaching & Instructional Assistants (TIA), the Teaching + Learning Commons is pleased to offer the following programs to develop as an TIA (if looking to preparing for Future Faculty positions, see here):



Survival Guide for Teaching & Instructional Assistants
A hyperlinked, live document addressing common questions about the role of the Teaching & Instructional Assistant, teaching strategies, logistics, and resources and support for the TIA and their students.



Survival Skills for Teaching & Instructional Assistants
Discuss and implement practical strategies to be an effective Teaching & Instructional Assistant. Free course with the Teaching + Learning Commons (1 hour/week for 8 weeks), open to UC San Diego graduate students preparing for or currently serving in a TIA appointment. For more information, see our website.



Inclusive Teaching: 228+ Tools
Inclusivity is more than a buzzword - it is a necessary strategy for any instructor who wants to communicate their material effectively. In this workshop, you will learn about the evidence-based reasons behind the inclusivity push, and then you will brainstorm and consider specific, actionable tools to implement in designing and facilitating your class.
Inclusive Teaching: Creating the Classroom Culture
Develop guidelines for your classroom culture to include in your syllabus, and then have the chance to consider and work through challenges you might encounter with your model.
Responding to Resistance
Despite our best efforts to design a supportive and inclusive classroom, there might be students whose comments or actions are not conducive to this environment. When do we intervene? How do we respond? Discuss scenarios and consider which tactics might be most effective for you. Dates TBD.
On-going Teaching Workshops & Creating Sessions
Drop-in workshops on a variety of effective teaching topics. Check out the calendar to see what is coming up!



Teaching Consultations and Observations

Voluntary, confidential and personalized. Come meet one-on-one with a Graduate Instructional Designer to talk through questions you might have and strategies for success as an Instructional or Teaching Assistant, or Instructor of Record. Request a Teaching Consultation.

There is also the opportunity for a Teaching Observation by a Graduate Instructional Designer, providing a new level of awareness and insight to your teaching (with no judgment!).
Mid-Quarter Feedback
Receive timely feedback on students’ perceptions of their learning, with guidance and time to act on the responses. A Graduate Instructional Designer will collect small group feedback from students in the final 15 minutes of class or section, ideally mid-quarter, and provide you with the results: detailed, actionable, and de-identified data. Contact to schedule this service.
English Language Program for International Instructors
The English Language Program for International Instructors (ELP-ii) is designed to assist international students who would would like to become Instructional Assistants (IA) meet the English Language Certification requirement from UC San Diego's Graduate Division.


Learning Communities:

Teaching Chats
Informal meet-ups to share collective experiences, ask questions, and discuss the philosophy and practice of teaching and learning in a relaxed setting. Occurring monthly in social venues around campus, with a different topic each month.


*Unless otherwise noted, events are located in Literature Building Room 210