2020 IUPUI TA Orientation

Are you interested in....

  • Learning about the expectations and responsibilities associated with your specific teaching role in an online and face-to-face class?

  • Developing strategies to confidently and effectively interact with faculty and undergraduate students?

  • Meeting and building relationships with other new and experienced TAs at IUPUI?

Join us for the 2020 IUPUI TA Orientation

 Thursday, August 20, 2020*

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Informatics and Communications Technology Complex (ICTC)
535 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3203

*In the event that remote instruction continues in Fall 2020, the in-person training session will be held virtually on Zoom on August 20, 2020 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Download the flyer                 Click here to register

Hybrid TA Orientation

In-person Training

The in-person training, led by experienced TAs, features a combination of whole group sessions that focus on strategies for leveraging student diversity and breakout sessions which address topics and challenges specific to primary instructors, lab instructors, and graders.

Online Canvas Course

The online Canvas Course, "IUPUI policies, procedures, and resources for graduate students," introduces graduate students to policies, procedures, and campus resources relevant to their teaching roles. Graduate students can

You must attend the in-person sessions and complete the online modules in order to successfully complete TA orientation.

2020 TA Orientation Schedule


Frequently Asked Questions

New and current IUPUI graduate students with first-time teaching responsibilities during fall, spring, or summer semesters of the current academic year are encouraged to attend the TA Orientation. Teaching responsibilities can include being primary instructors, recitation leaders, lab instructors, or graders. Note: Some departments require first-time TAs to attend the orientation. 

Registration requires using IU username and password through the CAS login system. Please have Two-Step Login (Duo) set-up for your IU account to successfully login to the CAS system and access the registration page. 

To ensure adequate breakfast orders are placed, we require all attendees to register in advance for the TA Orientation. Moreover, registration information can be shared with schools and departments as required.

The TA Orientation is offered during the start of the current academic year. The in-person session is held on the Thursday before the fall semester classes begin. Note: Academic year starts in the fall semester and ends with the summer semester.

The in-person training session for the 2019 TA Orientation will be held in the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex (known as the IT building: 535 W Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3203) on Thursday, August 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The parking lots on the IUPUI campus offer many ST and EM designated parking spots for IUPUI students and employees respectively. Handicapped parking is also available. If you do not have an appropriate parking permit yet, use the metered parking spots. 

Click here to find campus parking information.

Click here for information on Campus Shuttle Routes.  

Graduate students expecting to be first-time TAs in the fall, spring, or summer semester of the current academic year are encouraged to attend the TA Orientation. If the TA Orientation is mandatory in your department, we suggest that you plan summer travels accordingly to ensure that you do not miss the TA Orientation.

PowerPoint presentations and recordings of select sessions from the TA Orientation will be made available in the Canvas course after the event. This information will also be shared through a post-event email sent to all attendees. This post-event email can be submitted as proof of attendance to program coordinators in departments that require mandatory attendance of the orientation.

Graduate students who miss the TA Orientation will have to discuss next steps with their respective departments. Apart from providing online resources from the TA Orientation, the CTL does not conduct make-up orientations.

We do not offer a TA Orientation during the spring or summer semesters. Graduate students anticipating to be first-time TAs later in the year can attend the TA Orientation in fall.

For more information, contact:

Anusha Rao, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning
Office: 317-278-0589

Jessica Alexander, Ph.D.
Instructional Consultant
IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning
Office: 317-278-0585

IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning
Office: 317-274-1300


The CTL's  provides ongoing support for graduate students and postdocs to continue developing their teaching skills.

IUPUI TA Orientation is co-sposored by the and the