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TA/GA Day: A Teaching Development Symposium

Save the Date: September 9, 2021

This year’s TA/GA Day Symposium will be hosted remotely through Zoom on Thursday, September 9, 2021, from 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm.

Male graduate student attending a virtual orientation session

Information Session: Programming for TA/GAs 

 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Nervous about teaching? Want to hone your teaching skills? Would you like to earn a teaching certificate (or two) for your CV? This session will provide you with information on our TA/GA programming for the upcoming year including asynchronous orientation modules, teaching development workshops, the Graduate Teaching Development Program and TA/GA award opportunities. Participants will have an opportunity to get their questions answered. 

Graduate students meeting virtually during orientation

TA/GA Symposium Kickoff and Networking Lunch

 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kickoff the symposium with welcome remarks followed by a speed networking session. Participants will have an opportunity to move from virtual room to room and hear from different faculty members, fellow graduate students, and Centre for Learning and Teaching staff. Remember to bring your own lunch when you log in for this fun and casual remote session. 

TA/GA award winners presenting on a student led panel

TA/GA Symposium Panel I: Top Tips from TA/GA Award Winners

 2:10 pm - 3:00 pm  

Every year, top TA/GAs are recognized for their outstanding contributions to supporting student learning through their teaching roles on campus. In this session, you will get to meet some of the 2020-2021 TA/GA Award winners. They will share advice for new TA/GAs based on their experiences in the role. Panelists will share their favourite tips for teaching and participants will have a chance to ask questions. 

Graduate student providing advice on how to make the most of your TA/GA experience

TA/GA Symposium Panel II: Making the Most of Your TA/GA Experience 

3:10 pm - 4:00 pm

Join this panel to learn how the skills you develop as TA/GAs can be put to use now and in your future career. Ryerson graduate students who work at the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching will discuss the transferable skills you will gain from working as TA/GAs. Panelists will share their own experiences with professional development and how TA/GA roles can benefit you in your current roles as students and in life after university. 

Dr. Medhat Shehata

TA/GA Symposium Keynote Speaker: Dr. Medhat Shehata

 4:10 pm - 5:00 pm 

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching would like to welcome Dr. Medhat Shehata, 

Associate Dean, Teaching and Outreach, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science who will share what it means to take on TA/GA roles at the university

Dr. Shehata researches and teaches in the Department of Civil Engineering. He is an inspiring instructor who cares deeply about student learning experiences. In 2019, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award of Distinction which recognizes a life-long commitment to teaching and learning as evidenced by educational leadership and an outstanding record of teaching excellence.