International Graduate Teaching Assistant Conference (ITA Day)

Tuesday September 8th, 2015
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

2015 ITA Day Program 

11:00 – 11:15 WELCOMING REMARKS

Dr. Lorraine Davies, Associate Vice Provost, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Dr. Debra Dawson, Director, Teaching Support Centre

11:15 – 11:45 KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 

Photo of Aleksandra Zecevic

Dr. Aleksandra Zecevic – School of Health Studies

Dr. Zecevic is an award winning teacher who researches biomechanics, ergonomics, and gerontology. In 2015 she received the International D2L Brigtspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Canada. She is also a recipient of the UWO Alumni Association and the University Student’s Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2010). Presently, Dr. Z (as she is frequently called by her students) teaches an active learning third year course called Aging Body, and a fourth year community service-learning course Gerontology in Practice.

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
    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.

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