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

Fall TA/RA Institute Schedule

As a requirement of Human Resources and the College of Graduate Studies, employment as a Teaching or Research Assistant is contingent upon completion of a mandatory TA/RA Training Institute.

The Fall 2014 TA/RA Institute will consist of two, in-person sessions on Thursday, August 21st (8:00am to 12:30pm) and August 22nd (10:00am to 12:30pm) in Renfrew 111 and then supported throughout the semester on Bblearn. International Assistants will have an additional session on August 20th in Renfrew 111 as part of the INTR 508/01 (CRN 36559) Teaching and Learning Strategies for International Teaching Assistants (mandatory) course for credit. 

  • The Teaching and Research Institute is required of all new full and part time TAs and RAs located on the Moscow campus. This institute is designed to improve the quality of your teaching and/or research assistantship experience. Off campus students not able to attend the institute will be required to complete the BbLearn course.
  • International Teaching Assistants must register for INTR 508/01 (CRN 36559) Teaching and Learning Strategies for International Teaching Assistants.
  • Failure to complete the BbLearn modules by the end of the term will result in non-renewal of the assistantship for the following term. Exceptional or emergency circumstances that preclude completion of the course must be petitioned directly to the College of Graduate Studies.

Fall 2014 TA/RA Institute

Thursday and Friday, August 21 and 22
Location: RENFREW 111
WORKSHOP REQUIREMENTS: Workshop schedule will be outlined below as it becomes available.

8:10 to 8:30am        

Welcome and Purpose of COGS
    Dr. Jie Chen, Dean, College of Graduate Studies
8:30 to 9:00

Dr. Jerry McMurtry, Associate Dean, COGS
9:00 to 9:45

Understanding and Getting to Know Your Students
9:45 to 10:00


10:00 to 11:00

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
    Dr. Carmen Suarez, Chief Diversity Officer and AVP Student Affairs
11:00 to 12:00

First Year and Transitional Student Issues
   Andrew Brewick, Director, University Advising Center
12:00 to 12:30pm        

FERPA and Your Responsibilities with Student Information
    Cheri Cole, COGS
8:30 to 9:30am University Convocation in Kibbie Dome
10:00 to 10:30 Disability Support Services. How to work with students with disabilities and UI resources.
10:30 to 11:00 Research Office - Responsible Conduct of Research, Jack McIver
11:00 to 11:15 UI Library Services
    Diane Prorak, UI Libraries
11:15 to 11:30 HR Requirements for TAs
11:30 to  12:15pm                 Dean of Students Office and How to Handle Student Discipline Issues, Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
    Dr. Craig Chatriand, Associate Dean of Students
12:15 to 12:30 Graduate and Professional Student Association
     Anthony St. Claire, GPSA President
12:30 to 2:00 University BBQ - Commons Plaza