Call for Proposals: 22nd Annual Spring TA/TM Day: The Teaching Orientation Program

Fall 2017/SPRING 2018

Proposal submission deadline: Fri, October 6, 2017
Event date: Fri, January 5, 2018 | 8:30–4:30

As a veteran teaching assistant or tutor-marker with a passion for teaching and learning, what knowledge do you have that could make the life of a novice teaching assistant or tutor-marker easier? We invite you to share your expertise at the 22nd Annual Spring TA/TM Day on January 5, 2018.

Whether you have tips for managing heavy workloads, relevant insights from your research, or information about how to access a helpful service, your contribution could make a difference in helping someone master and thrive in their role as a teaching assistant.

Use the downloadable form available on this page to submit your session proposal. TAs and TMs who are selected to lead workshops will receive compensation, as detailed below.

TA/TM Day is presented by the Teaching and Learning Centre in cooperation with the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows and the Teaching Support Staff Union at SFU.

  Submit by October 6, 2017

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
October 06, 2017