Exceptional or emergency circumstances that do not allow you to attend the TA Institute must be petitioned to the College of Graduate Studies.


Graduate Studies

College of Graduate Studies
Office: Morrill Hall Room 104
Mailing: 875 Perimeter Drive MS 3017
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3017
Phone: (208) 885-6243
Fax: (208) 885-6198

Teaching and Research Assistant Institute

The Teaching and Research Assistant Institute provides professional development opportunities for all graduate assistants and is required for all new teaching and research assistants on the Moscow campus. Those students not located on the Moscow campus will be required to complete a Blackboard course. Topics included, UI academic policies and procedures, available resources, teaching methods and the responsibilities of conducting responsible research, which are highly beneficial to new TAs and RAs alike.

Continuing teaching and research assistants, who have attended the TA/RA Institute or have taken the BBLearn online course are not required to attend this event, but are highly encouraged. This event is a great way to refresh your knowledge.

If you have a qualifying excuse for not attending, please contact Sam Koester, skoester@uidaho.edu, in Morrill Hall 104. This training is required to hold an assistantship, failure to participate will result in loss of your assistantship.

Students with assistantships will be required to be in attendance both days. Please contact Sam Koester, skoester@uidaho.edu, in Morrill Hall 104 if you have a time conflict.

Fall 2015 TA/RA Institute
Thursday, August 20th, 2015
8:30 am to 4:45 pm
Renfrew Building, REN 112

 8:30 am to 8:45 am

 Welcome and Purpose of COGS

 8:45 am to 9:00 am

 UI Library Services

 9:00 am to 9:30 am

 Publications and Data Management

 9:30 am to 11:00 am

 Creating an Inclusive Classroom Environment

 11:00 am to 11:45 am

 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

 11:45 am to 12:20 pm

 First Year and Transitional Student Issues

 12:20 pm to 1:15 pm

 FERPA and Your Responsibilities with Student Information

 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm


 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

 Responsible Conduct of Research

 3:00 pm to 3:15 pm

 Afternoon Break

 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm

 Tips for Being an Exemplary Teaching Assistant

 3:45 pm to 4:30 pm

 Violence Prevention Program

 4:30 pm to 4:45 pm

 Q&A and Final Comments/Thoughts, Reminders, Announcements

Fall 2015 TA/RA Institute
Friday, August 21st, 2015
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Renfrew Building, REN 112

 8:30 am to 9:30 am

 University Convocation – Tony Plana

 9:30 am to 9:45 am

 Welcome and Purpose of COGS

 9:45 am to 10:30 am

 Effective Communication Strategies with Students In & Out of the Classroom

 10:30 am to 11:15 am

 HR Requirements for TAs and RAs

 11:15 am to 11:30 am

 Q&A and Final Comments/Thoughts, Reminders, Announcements

 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

 INTR 508 Discussion with TAs/RAs

Registration for this event is not required.

We encourage all TA's to read the Teaching Assistant Handbook (see link below) as it contains important information on teaching policies and tips as well as an abundance of campus resources available.

TA & RA Forms
Posted on the Faculty & Staff Resources webpage.
Handbook for Teaching Assistants
This handbook is designed to provide basic guidance for TAs.
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International Teaching Assistants
International TAs who will have primary instructional responsibilities for a class or lab are required to take a one-credit, pass/fail course, INTR 508: Strategies for International Teaching Assistants, during their first semester of teaching.
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