Center for Teaching and Learning

Frequently asked questions

FAQs about the TA Program

When does the TA Program take place?

The TA Program takes place every September. For the dates of this year’s program, please visit the TA Program homepage.

Where does the TA Program take place?

This year the TA Program will take place online in synchronous and asynchronous sessions.
The International TA Sessions will be offered synchronously on September 17, 1:15-4:00.

Who should attend the TA Program?

Program workshops are designed for UW graduate students, including those who are:

  • New to teaching
  • Experienced at teaching, but new to UW
  • Experienced at teaching at the UW, but are preparing for a different kind of TA role than they have held before

Workshops are facilitated by experienced graduate teaching assistants and other instructors from departments throughout the University. Workshops are designed to provide a forum for discussing effective teaching, allowing participants to raise questions and concerns, and to interact with workshop facilitators and fellow graduate students.

Is there a fee for attending the TA Program?

No. There is no fee for attending the program.

Am I required to participate in the TA Program?

The Center for Teaching & Learning does not mandate attendance, but some departments do require their graduate students to participate in workshops at the TA Program. Check with your department to see if you are required to attend.

What should I do if I can’t attend?

If your department requires you to participate in the TA Program and you are not able to, please notify your department.

What if TA program workshops conflict with department events scheduled for the same day or time?

Department events take precedence over the TA Program. You are invited to attend as much of the program as possible at those times when workshops do not conflict with department meetings or events. Please check in with your department if you are required to attend the TA Program and it conflicts with departmental meetings or events.

If I miss the program sessions in September, can I attend another workshop later in the year?

Synchronous TA Program workshops take place once a year, so graduate students should plan to attend in September even if their appointments don’t begin until winter or spring quarter. The TA Program also offers asynchronous sessions throughout the 2020-2021 year to accompany the September workshops.

What should I do if my TA appointment is not yet finalized?

Any graduate student is welcome to attend the TA Program–with or without a TA appointment. You are also welcome to attend the program in future years.

How are new graduate students informed of the TA Program?

Departments email their TAs to let them know about the program, what workshops the department recommends, and how to register.

I am looking for a TA position and don’t have one yet. Can I find one at the TA Program?

No. TA positions are awarded by graduate departments and programs. To learn more about TA-ships at UW, including how to find and apply for a TA position, visit the Graduate School’s Assistantships page.

How do the International TA Sessions fit into the TA Program?

The International TA sessions are offered on the first day of the TA Program. For more information, see the International TA sessions page.

Who is required to participate in the International TA Sessions?

The Graduate School requires all TAs who speak English as an additional language–except those who received a Bachelor’s degree from a U.S. institution–to participate in the International TA Sessions. For more information about the requirement, see Graduate School Memo 15.

FAQs about TA Program registration

How do I register for the TA Program?

Register on the TA Program registration site. Registration opens at noon on Tuesday, July 6, and is open throughout the program. When a workshop has filled, it’s filled: we are unable to add new sessions. Please register early to get into your first choice of workshops.

What if I want to modify or cancel my TA Program registration?

You can modify or cancel your registration on the TA Program registration website.

  1. Go to the TA Program registration site.
  2. Click on the Already Registered link at the top of the page.
  3. Enter your UW email address and registration confirmation number to access the Your Agenda page.
  4. From the Your Agenda page, scroll down to the Modify Registration or Cancel Registration buttons.

How do I find my registration confirmation number?

You should receive an email with your confirmation number when you register for the TA Program. You can also:

  1. Go to the TA Program registration site.
  2. Click the Already Registered link at the top of the page.
  3. Enter your UW email address and click the Send Confirmation Number link.
  4. The registration system will send your confirmation number to the email address you registered with.

What if I didn’t receive a registration confirmation email?

If you didn’t receive an email confirmation:

  • Check your email spam or clutter folders.
  • Contact us at taconf@uw.edu for assistance (please include your name, UW NetID, and your UW email address).

What if I entered my email address incorrectly when registering for the program?

If you entered an incorrect email address you will not receive a registration confirmation. Please contact taconf@uw.edu for assistance. Be sure to include your full name, UW NetID, and UW email address.

How do I set up a UW email account?

Instructions for setting up a UW email account are on IT Connect’s Email and Calendaring page.

Where is the location information for my workshops?

All workshops are located on Zoom or Canvas.

Canvas: Before 9:00 AM on September 16, we’ll email you with login instructions for your asynchronous Canvas workshop(s).

Zoom plenaries & workshops: You will be able to access your synchronous Zoom workshops through the TA Program event website. Before 9:00 AM on September 16 we’ll email all registrants with the link to the event site and login instructions.

The TA Program virtual event website will open at 10:00 AM on September 16. Synchronous Zoom sessions begin on September 17:

  • September 17 (1:15-4:00 PM): International TAs sessions
  • September 20 (9:00 AM-5:15 PM) Plenaries & concurrent workshops

From the event website, you’ll be able to click the Join session button to participate in your workshops. The Join session button will appear on the workshop page five minutes before the session starts.

FAQs about the TA Program virtual event website

The TA Program synchronous plenaries and workshops will be available through a virtual event website. From this site, registrants can modify their schedules, attend Zoom workshops and complete workshop feedback surveys.

On Wed., Sept. 15, registrants will receive an email with links to the TA Program virtual event site and the asynchronous Canvas workshops they registered for.


For other questions, please contact taconf@uw.edu.