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Tips for TAs: 2012 Outstanding TA Awardee


Teaching Assistants and Instructors confront a variety of issues, from the day-to-day necessities of teaching to making decisions about pedagogical approaches and course goals. This workshop discusses methods for engaging students in the classroom, reaching course goals and learning outcomes and presenting course material to make it relevant to students’ lives. The workshop also addresses balancing teaching with scholarship and other academic demands. Developing a “teaching portfolio” for graduate students preparing for the job market is also discussed. 

About the Facilitator

Kimberly Cavanagh was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. She is currently completing her PhD in Cultural Anthropology, is a Fulbright Scholar, and is a Visiting Instructor at USC Beaufort. Kimberly's research on globalization, tourism development and the Middle East guides her work in the classroom where she encourages students to not only be aware of global cultures but also to appreciate and celebrate differences.


"I like that the speaker was recently a TA and was job hunting. This made her lecture very real and applicable to my current situation." – Hospitality, Retail and Sports Management/Retailing

"The first part of this workshop was very good. Most of the information was relevant to my own current experiences, and it was nice to hear the speakers experiences and things that she had learned along the way." – Physics

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