Fall 2019 Teaching/Training Workshop

To be held on Monday, Sept. 23, from 10:00am to 3:15pm. All are welcome.

UCSB Comparative Literature
2018-2019: Pre-Instructional Workshop
Monday, September 23, 2019 10am-3:15pm

The 2019-2020 Pre-Instructional workshop is designed to help facilitate lines of communication between Comparative Literature professors and TAs, outlining expectations, showcasing available resources and policies, and establishing expectations. Please join us as we seek to foster dialogue and establish clear pedagogical goals for our large-enrollment General Education courses in Comparative Literature.

Part I - 10:00-12:00pm in Phelps 6206C

10:00-10:15 am: Introductions

10:15-10:45 am: General Education guidelines; TA observations and Reports.
 Presented by Professor Catherine Nesci 

10:45-11:15 am: Outlining expectations

  • Instructor panel (15 minutes)
  • TA panel (15 minutes)

11:15-11:55 am: Sharing section best practices

  • Experienced TA panel
  • Working with International students

12:00-1:00 pm: Lunch in Phelps 6206C (Professor Nesci will also present software from our Computer Lab)

Part II - 1:30-3:15pm in Phelps 1508 (location needs to be confirmed)

1:30-1:45 pm: Review of university policies

1:45-2:30 pm: Effective use of technology and resources

  • Support staff introductions
  • Working with GauchoSpace effectively
  • Sharing best practices

2:30-2:45 pm: Final Q&A

2:45-3:15 pm: UAW (TA Union) representative, Sheila Kulkami, presentation

Doctoral Student Naz Keynejad is the 2019-2020 Comparative Literature Lead TA. Please contact her with any questions or concerns at: nkeynejad[at]ucsb.edu.

Ongoing Training Activities

In addition to the Fall TA Orientation, Comparative Literature will host a teaching skills workshop once a quarter centered on a topic of interest generated by TA Training participants. Possible topics include: evaluating student writing, teaching translations, ESCIs (end-of-quarter course evaluations), incorporating technology in the classroom, creative section ideas, grading student participation, etc. 


date of event: 

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 10:00


Phelps 6206C
Phelps 1508