International Graduate Teaching Assistant Conference (ITA Day)

Tuesday September 2, 2014
University Community Centre (UCC), Room 146
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

International graduate students (on student visas, landed, or permanent residents) who are new to teaching in Canada are invited to spend this half-day with colleagues from the Western teaching and learning community. We present a series of workshops and discussions including the following:

  • Teaching in the Canadian classroom
  • Culture-shock - how to find support for those critical first few weeks in a new place
  • Cross-cultural balance - how to honour your home culture while enjoying things about a new culture
  • Finding a school-community at Western
  • Resources that support international TAs at Western

ITA Day Program 2014

International TA Day Program 2014 (pdf)

11:00 – 11:15 WELCOMING REMARKS

Dr. Carol Beynon, Associate Vice Provost, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Dr. Debra Dawson, Director, Teaching Support Centre
David Blocker, GTA Union President
Kevin Godbout, SOGS President

11:15 – 11:45 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Dr. Radoslav Dimitrov - Department of Political Science

11:45 – 12:05 SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS & THEIR STRATEGIES

A panel of international graduate students will speak about their experiences teaching and researching at Western.

12:05 – 12:45 LUNCH

Lunch will be provided in Room 147A, UCC.

12:45 – 1:00 INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT PROGRAMS AT WESTERN

Aisha Haque, Teaching Support Centre

1:00 – 1:30 CAMPUS RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANTS

  • The Writing Support Centre’s Graduate Writing Workshops
    Paul Schmidt, Writing Support Centre
  • Adapting to Life in Canada
    Ashley Kewayosh Samuel, International Student Services
  • Working in Canada: Information for International Students
    Snjezana Linkes, The Student Success Centre
  • Successful Learning Strategies for Graduate School
    Heather Johanson, Learning Skills Services

1:30 – 3:00 SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN CANADIAN ACADEMIA

Aisha Haque, Teaching Support Centre
We will describe typical situations that international TAs encounter and generate possible solutions as a group. Topics discussed will include culture shock, communication in Canada, and expectations for TA roles.