Teaching Assistants (TAs) are on the front line of teaching, and contribute greatly to undergraduate education at Carleton. This page will help support your work as a teaching assistant and keep you informed of the resources, support measures and initiatives available to aid in your personal and professional development.

Upcoming TA workshops:

Understanding the Whole Picture: A Holistic Approach to Supporting Your Wellness​ – Monday, February 26 1:30pm-2:30pm

This workshop will discuss how wellness is a multifaceted endeavor and will explore topics such as emotional literacy, help-seeking behaviours, and the mental health continuum. Facilitated by Trini Nguyen, Wellness Coordinator, Carleton University*

Enhancing Student Engagement: Activities for the Classroom – Tuesday, February 27 1:00pm-2:30pm

This session will go over effective activities for both in-person and online teaching to enhance student engagement. Examples of activities will be demonstrated. Facilitated by: Helen Roumeliotis, Education Developer, TLS and PhD. Candidate (Carleton) ; Samantha Shortt, Educational Developer: TA Development, TLS*

Tactile and Tangible: Guiding Your Students through Abstraction In STEM Class – Wednesday, February 28 10:00am-11:30am

This workshop presents practical ways to keep tutorials accessible and enticing and to guide students through abstract concepts in the sciences, engineering, math, and statistics. We cover best practices to avoid the tutorial illusion (“I understand everything in tutorial, but on the test, I just can’t do it!”), to boost attendance, and to aid students with disabilities through mathematical slides.The session features hands-on tips to present abstract concepts to those with aphantasia, dyslexia and dyscalculia, and visual impairments. We address using dopamine- and memory-boosting techniques to keep the students engaged. We briefly touch on using regular expressions to quickly make LaTeX slides more accessible to screen readers. Facilitator: Yuliya Nesterova, TA in The School of Mathematics and Statistics.*

To register for TA workshops:

Carleton Central → TA Management → TA Training → TA Training Registration

*These sessions counts towards paid pedagogical training hours and are online through Zoom (invite link will be sent closer to date of session).

TA Central Hub: training & resources

The new TA Central Hub: training and resources, in Brightspace, is a portal for TAs to watch pre-recorded training videos, access resource materials and share resources related to teaching. If you are a TA and would like to enroll in the Hub, please contact Sam Shortt.

Download our current TA Toolkit so you have a quick way to find all our resources and offerings: TA TOOLKIT 2023-2024

Follow us on our new Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/carletonutas/

You can also follow us on Twitter at @CarletonUTAs to stay up-to-date on the latest events and news.

Questions? Check out the contact information below to see who to contact for answers, or register for a consultation here.

Did you know…?

TLS offers informal TA Drop-in Cafés throughout the year for all Teaching Assistants! Come and meet other TAs, share concerns, make friends and de-stress.

The topic of our upcoming TA Drop-in Cafés is Grading and Feedback

Bring your questions and concerns about grading exams, tests, papers, and providing student feedback!

Register for the sessions below (Be sure you are signed into Zoom with your Carleton account before registering).

Issues registering? Email us at: TASupport@cunet.carleton.ca

Wednesday, February 21 1:00pm-2:00pm*

Registration link: https://carleton-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0tdOCvqTovGN0pvMhj1SebmahxbxnBAqm1

       Friday, February 23 11:00-12:00pm*

Registration link: https://carleton-ca.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qcumqqD8tGdcpPLakm6hQR2tVbMLUISoJ

*Zoom links for the Drop-in Cafés shared via TA Central Hub (in Brightspace).

News

Stay up-to-date on the latest matters practical and pedagogical that impact your work as a TA.

Awards

Get all the details on the TLS Outstanding TA Award.

graphic of book on laptop screen

Blog

A place for all TAs (grad and undergrad) to share commentary, ideas and academic pursuits.

Resources

Check out additional resources to help develop your skills.

Training

Learn more about the mandatory and voluntary training opportunities available to Carleton’s TAs.

FAQs

Browse through the frequently asked questions we get about teaching assistant duties, training and support.

Contact Information

FOR QUERIES REGARDING DEPARTMENT/ACTION EMAIL/PHONE
TLS programming (certificates, training options, etc.) Teaching and Learning Services TASupport@carleton.ca, 613-520-2344
Attendance issues for pedagogical training Read our FAQ (“My completed training hasn’t appeared in Carleton Central…”), and then contact the appropriate party Will depend on your situation (read the FAQ)
Locating more pedagogical training options Read our FAQ (“What are my options for pedagogical training?”)
Payment for and/or tracking of compliance training hours Human Resources humanresources@carleton.ca, 613-520-2600 x3634
Payment for and/or tracking of pedagogical training hours Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs graduate.studies@carleton.ca, 613-520-2600 x2525
The TA Management System Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs graduate.studies@carleton.ca, 613-520-2600 x2525
TA Assignments
–“I would like to become a TA”
–“I would like to change TA assignments”
–“I have concerns about my TA assignment”
Your department’s graduate administrator, graduate supervisor and/or chair

Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

CUPE 4600

Contact info for department staff will be on departmental websites

graduate.studies@carleton.ca, 613-520-2600 x2525

cupe4600@carleton.ca, 613-520-2600 x7482