Overview of Graduate Student, Post-Doctoral, and TA

Teaching Assistant (TA) Toolkit

Whether you are a first-time teaching assistant (TA) or an experienced TA, there are some things you might want to consider (or brush up on!) before you start teaching this semester. This TA Toolkit was developed by the Educational Development Associates (EDA) at the Centre for Teaching and Learning, and it seeks to introduce you to some of the basic principles needed for in-class and online instruction.

Check out the full Teaching Assistant Toolkit.

Report on Teaching Assistant Training and Support at Queen's

Over the past three decades, TAs have not been sufficiently supported or prepared for their teaching responsibilities (Blouin & Moss, 2015; Hoessler et al., 2015; Kenny et al., 2014). This problem has been the central focus of this report which outlined the problem definition, historical context, TA programming  practices at Queen’s University, and alignment with best practices at other Canadian teaching support centres.

Teaching Assistant Training and Support (PDF, 23.9 MB)

Educational Development Associate (EDA) Program

The EDA program is an internship-like opportunity for graduate students with an interest in teaching and learning. Each year the Centre hires up to three graduate students to work closely with an educational Developer to design and deliver programming to support TAs', graduate students' and post-doctoral fellows' ongoing professional development as educators. If you're interested in the possibility of work as an EDA, look for announcements each May for upcoming opportunities.

Contact the current EDAs at TA&GradCTL@queensu.ca if you would like any additional information about CTL programming for graduate students.

Educational Development Associates

Graduate Student Programming

Professional Development in University Teaching and Learning (PUTL)
As part of your professional development, you may be interested in submitting work towards each of the PUTL components. An Acknowledgement of Completion will be awarded for completion of each component and a signed Letter of Completion will be awarded to successful candidates who complete all 5 components.

SGS 902: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
SGS 902 is intended for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows across the disciplines who want to develop as skilled, thoughtful, and confident post-secondary teachers. The goal of the course is to challenge and broaden conceptions of learning and approaches to teaching.