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  • Graduate Teaching Assistants in Lab

Tips for TAs: 2011 Outstanding TA Awardee


This workshop provides practical advice and techniques for Teaching Assistants, instructors and others on preparing syllabi, selecting course texts and supplemental materials, developing engaging lectures and classroom discussions, reaching course goals and learning outcomes as well as obtaining excellent student evaluations.

The workshop also provides guidance in handling specific student-related issues including scheduling office hours, interacting with students as a graduate student in an era of social networking and other issues specific to graduate student teachers. Developing a “teaching portfolio” for graduate students while balancing academic and service demands is also discussed. 

About the Facilitator

Heather Hawn is a winner of the 2011 Educational Foundation Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, a winner of the Mortar Board Award for Teaching Excellence and two departmental Excellence in Teaching Awards. She is also a former attorney and a newly minted Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science (February 2011) at the University of South Carolina. She has taught POLI 111, 101, 432, 315, 341, 342, and 391M. She has been a guest lecturer for the Roosevelt Institute, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Sigma Delta Phi (Spanish Honor Society), and Amnesty International. Her dissertation examines the political behavior of indigenous populations in Mexico and Guatemala and required extensive field work in both of these countries.

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