2019 TA Professional Development - Returning TAs



Teaching Toolkit Tailgate

Monday, August 26, 2019 — 1:00pm - 3:00pm — The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, D-101 Wells Hall

Join us for the Teaching Toolkit Tailgate, a relaxed open house-style event where educators (faculty, staff, academic advisors, teaching assistants, and undergraduate learning assistants) come to engage in community around teaching, and have the opportunity to walk away with practical resources on topics such as: first-day of class strategies, student engagement, difficult dialogs, student assessment and more. 
Compete the RSVP form by Thursday, August 22nd to give us a sense of how many people will be joining us.

#iteachmsu talks

Monday, August 26, 2019 — 2:00pm - 5:00pm — Wells Hall (see specific workshop details below)

The #iteachmsu Talks are a series of workshop sessions focusing on a variety of topics centered around teaching and learning. Sessions will vary in style, facilitators, and size, but are intended to create a space for dialogue around teaching and practice for student success. 

Please register by Thursday, August 22, 2019 using the #iteachmsu Talks registration form

Optimizing Your Mentoring Relationships — Tips for Getting Off to a Good Start

10:00 am – 11:15 am, A-116 Wells Hall

Facilitated by Dr. Melissa McDaniels 

Are you a faculty member new to mentoring graduate students and/or postdocs? Are you a graduate student and/or postdoc wanting to optimize your relationships with research mentors? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, please join Dr. Melissa McDaniels for this workshop to learn more about the importance of research mentoring, and to learn about tools that both the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation are disseminating through grant networks. Participants will learn about other opportunities this fall and winter in which they can learn more about optimizing research mentoring relationships to promote inclusion and scholarly productivity. Participants will walk away with tools they can begin using now!


MSU Syllabi: Promoting Equity, Fairness and Dialogue in the Classroom

9:00 am – 10:30 am, A-124 Wells Hall

Facilitated by Dr. Shannon Burton

    • Do you struggle with engaging students in the classroom?
    • Do you have students pressuring you with questions related to your classroom policies?
    • Have you had students concerned with your competence as an instructor?

On August 26th, 2019, the Office of the University Ombudsperson will be presenting a syllabus workshop for faculty, instructors and their supervisors on creating a syllabus that provides a strong foundation in fairness and equity for the learning environment.  Grounded in the Code of Teaching Responsibility, strong syllabi promote student belonging, foster positive faculty-student engagement before a course begins, and diminish faculty workload. In this workshop, we will discuss how syllabi act as a roadmap for students, serve as conduits to trust in the classroom, as well as how syllabi prevent classroom conflict.

Additionally, there will be limited opportunities for individual one-on-one consultations with the Office of the University Ombudsperson on your syllabus design after the workshop. To schedule a one-on-one, please e-mail ombud@msu.edu.

Active Shooter and Emergency Response Training

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 — 9:00am - 10:30am | Friday, September 13 — 9:00am - 10:30am — MSU Union, Room UB 50

Facilitator: Lt. Matt Merony, Michigan State University Police Department
In response to incidents of violence on campuses nationally, the MSU Police Department offers a workshop to focused on proactive and reactive strategies in the event of an emergency at MSU.
Because active shooter and emergency incidents are unpredictable and evolve quickly, it is imperative that faculty and academic staff are prepared should an incident occur during class instruction. This workshop gives direction on how to react in such a situation, for the benefit of students, teaching assistants and faculty alike.
Invitations to register were emailed to all incoming new academics. If you did not receive an invitation to register or have any questions, please contact the Academic Advancement Network at AAN@msu.edu.

Technology Orientation

Monday, August 19, 2019 — 10:00am - 3:00pm (lunch provided) — MSU Library, Green Room (4 West)

This session is intended for new academics to Michigan State University to explore the services and technology offered by MSU Libraries, iCER (Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research) and MSU Information Technology.


  • Electronic Resources
  • Where to get help and support for technology on campus
  • Library Research Services
  • Creating Digital Experiences
  • Data Management for Research
  • Library Teaching and Learning Services
  • High Performance Computing
  • Technology you can expect in university classrooms (e.g., technology carts, sounds systems, student response systems)
  • MSU’s centrally-supported learning management systems

During this event there will be an opportunity to have in-depth conversations and hands-on demonstrations with experts from the morning sessions. Explore different parts of the library, and experience the support and services that can help with your research and teaching from MSU Libraries and MSU IT. Get assistance with setting up your D2L courses and learn about accessibility best practices. Immerse yourself in the 360 projection room and AR/VR facilities in the Digital Scholarship Lab. Also, ask an expert about incorporating Open Education Resources into your course.

Attendees with laptops are encouraged to bring them. All attendees should bring their MSU NetID and password to the training. Visit and bookmark tech.msu.edu/faculty for technology information specific to instructors and researchers.

Invitations to register were emailed to all incoming academics.  If you are interested in attending but did not receive an invitation to register please contact the Academic Advancement Network at AAN@msu.edu.