New Graduate Student Orientation
The Graduate College provides an orientation prior to the Fall semester for all new graduate students. The Fall 2013 orientation will be held on Monday, August 12. The orientation not only includes sessions on policies and procedures but also sessions on navigating the graduate school experience. There is another orientation at the beginning of the Spring semester, which will be held on Friday, January 10.
Teaching Assistant Orientation
The Graduate College provides an orientation prior to the Fall semester for all new and returning graduate teaching assistants. The Fall 2013 orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 13. The orientation sessions are designed to provide students with information relevant to their academic role as well as graduate assistantship responsibilities. As part of this orientation, there will be workshops on legal issues related to teaching and a variety of sessions focusing on effective teaching strategies. Students having assistantship responsibilities that include direct or indirect teaching must participate in this part of the pre-semester orientation. In most cases where Graduate Assistants have instructional responsibilities, the academic department also provides formal orientation and training sessions for the specific teaching assignments.
Additional Opportunities for All Graduate Students
The Graduate College also provides a number of workshops throughout the academic year that are optional for students to attend. These include training on instructional strategies, grant-writing, and other topics that help develop skills and enhance readiness for career pathways. Please see this link for additional opportunities for professional development - Graduate Student Workshops.