Spring TA Orientation

The Spring TA Orientation for first-time Teaching Assistants will be held asynchronously and online on January 18-20th, 2022. Live Q&A sessions will be held on January 20th via Zoom.

The TA Orientation is mandatory for all first-time graduate teaching assistants of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences and the Whiting School of Engineering.

TAs are encouraged to attend one of the offered discipline-specific synchronous sessions. The mandatory plenary session and additional breakout training sessions will be offered asynchronously via Blackboard and are encouraged to be completed prior to the start of your TA assignment.

Registration (now closed)

All Teaching Assistants must register for access to the TA Orientation Blackboard site--no later than Monday 1/17/22. Access will be granted to the Blackboard site on Tuesday 1/18/22 and you will be alerted of access via email.

Late assignments can contact TeachingAcademy@jhu.edu to be added to the site.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, January 18th, 2022: TAs will be added to the the Blackboard Training site for the TA Orientation. You will receive an alert via email by Noon.
  • Week of Tuesday, January 18th, 2022 (asynchronous): The mandatory plenary session and additional breakout training sessions will be offered asynchronously and are encouraged to be completed prior to the start of your TA assignment.
  • Thursday, January 20th, 2022 (synchronnous): Optional Q&A sessions led by experienced TAs will be offered on 1/20/22 live via Zoom at 10AM and 2PM ET. Please sign up for a time slot at time of registration.

Session Details

TAs who complete the above registration will receive access to the TA Orientation training site in Blackboard.

This site will consist of the following:

  • Opening Plenary Session (asynchronous): The opening plenary session will be pre-recorded and available asynchronously. The session will discuss a variety of teaching-related issues, including academic ethics, disabilities, academic support, and suggestions to help you become an effective teacher. It is mandatory that you view the plenary session in its entirety but you may do so at your own convenience (please view by the start of the semester.
  • Breakout Sessions (asynchronous): A series of breakout sessions on various pedagogical topics will be pre-recorded by Homewood faculty and staff and will be available to view asynchronously. These sessions are optional but recommended and can be viewed at your own convenience.
  • Live Q&A Sessions (synchronous): Live Q&A sessions will be offered on Thursday 1/20/22. In these open-ended discussion sessions, experienced TAs will answer your questions and share strategies to help you feel prepared to start teaching at JHU. These sessions are optional, but highly recommended. 
  • Teaching Assistant Manual and other resources: The Teaching Assistant Manual will be available for download—along with additional links to helpful resources. The manual lists general teaching resources available at Hopkins – e.g., TA-specific services offered by the library, services offered to students with disabilities, faculty responsibilities in working with such students, etc.


CTEI has worked with the GRO to ensure its members are informed of all changes to the TA Training program. CTEI has met with the GRO board to discuss items to go into a TA Training section of the Graduate Student Portal. The GRO website links to the CTEI website, which in turn, links to TA Training. The GRO also distributes TA training-related information through its list-serv.


In addition to the facilitators who will present the synchronous and asynchronous sessions, we would like to acknowledge the internal team who worked to convert this in-person institute to an online format in response to the COVID-19 campus restrictions.

  • Allon Brann, Teacher Support Specialist, Teaching Academy 
  • Kelly Clark, Associate Director, Teaching Academy
  • Lacey Henry, Events Coordinator, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation / Teaching Academy
  • Michael McCreary, Graduate Student, Humanities
  • Michael J. Reese, Jr., Associate Dean of University Libraries and Director, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation
  • Richard Shingles, Lecturer, Biology; Director, Teaching Institute; and Pedagogy and Curriculum Design Specialist, Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation

For more information on the Teaching Academy program at Johns Hopkins University and other resources for graduate students and post-docs interested in teaching, please visit: https://ctei.jhu.edu/teaching-academy