Call for Proposals: 33rd Annual Fall TA/TM Day: The Teaching Orientation Program

Fall 2018

Proposal submission deadline: Fri, April 13, 2018
Event date: Fri, September 7, 2018 | 8:30–4:00

The Teaching and Learning Centre invites experienced teaching assistants and tutor-markers to apply to lead workshops at the 33rd Annual Fall TA/TM Day on September 7, 2018. This orientation day is intended for new and veteran TAs, TMs and sessionals (as well as grad students interested in becoming a TA or TM).

   Submit by April 13, 2018

Workshop leaders' responsibilities

  • Prepare the workshop (workshops will run 75 minutes with up to 25 people per session)
  • Attend a planning meeting prior to TA/TM Day
  • Lead the workshop on the day of TA/TM Day

Possible workshop topics

This is merely a list of possible topics. Applicants may propose other titles, including discipline-specific and advanced topics.

  • Improving students' writing skills
  • TAing a "W" (writing-intensive learning) course
  • Navigating Canvas (SFU's learning management system)
  • Reflective practice in teaching
  • Facilitating effective discussions
  • Helping students in distress
  • Integrating technology into your teaching
  • Active learning in labs and tutorials
  • Creating an inclusive classroom
  • Surviving your first tutorial
  • Voice and presentation skills
  • Evaluating student work fairly and efficiently
  • Setting the right tone in your classes
  • Helping students think critically and work cooperatively
  • The role and responsibilities of the TA, TM, and ITA
  • Diversity in the classroom
  • Health and safety in the lab
  • TAing a lab course


TAs and TMs selected to lead workshops will be paid the current GTA2 hourly rate.

Submission review and selection

Submissions will be reviewed by the TA/TM Day program committee. Criteria by which submissions will be assessed are available below to guide the development of your proposal. The TA/TM Day organizers may approach applicants to request changes to their proposals to better fit TA/TM Day needs.

Criteria for submission review and selection

  • Clarity and coherence of submission
  • Relevance to TA/TM Day
  • Relevance and usefulness to the intended audience
  • Presentation approach and level of participant engagement in the session
April 13, 2018