TA Program

The TA Program on Teaching and Learning is designed to help new and returning graduate students prepare for their roles and responsibilities as teaching assistants (TAs) at the UW.

Program goals:

  • Welcome TAs to UW teaching and learning communities
  • Provide TAs with specific strategies and practices that support their work
  • Connect TAs to campus resources that sustain them and their instruction
  • Assist TAs in developing questions about norms, practices, and resources within their departments

Opening Plenary

Graduate Teaching Assistantships at the UW – What You Can Look Forward To

The opening plenary offers graduate students the opportunity to learn more about their roles as TAs, identify UW resources and policies, and hear from faculty and experienced TAs.

Workshops (synchronous and asynchronous)

Workshops are led by experienced graduate students and instructional staff from departments throughout the UW. Topics include:

  • Teaching in Lab Settings: First Day and Beyond
  • What if? Preparing for Challenging Moments
  • How do students learn? Applying the research
  • Teaching Tools For Engagement
  • Intro to Canvas
  • And more! Visit our workshop descriptions page for details.

Closing Plenary

In it Together – TAs and mental health

Co-facilitated by Natacha Foo Kune (Counseling Center) and Ken Yasuhara (College of Engineering)

Recent data shows that the most common health risks to graduate and undergraduate students are anxiety and depression. In this session, participants explore the connections between mental health and academic success at UW. They learn and practice ways to support students, colleagues, and themselves. In addition, participants emerge with information on campus-based resources as well as community or cohort support.


Participants include graduate students who are new to their roles as TAs, and experienced TAs who are taking on new teaching roles. Graduate students are welcome to attend the program as many times as they wish over the course of their graduate careers.

Important dates for 2022

  • June 21: TA Program registration opens
  • Friday, September 16: International TA Sessions will take place online
  • Monday, September 19: Plenaries and workshops will take place online


The TA Program is organized by the Center for Teaching and Learning in partnership with Learning Technologies.

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Contact us at teaching@uw.edu.