Lead TA Program

Additional information about the 2016/2017 Lead TAs will be available soon.

Program Goals

The Lead TA program is a new initiative on campus to facilitate the professional development of teaching assistants at a discipline-specific level.

The program, which is in its second year now, will position Lead TAs in 10 departments across campus where they will identify departmental TA training needs, facilitate workshops, develop teaching resources, and offer peer feedback to colleagues through classroom observations. A full list of departments participating in the Lead TA Program for the 2014-15 academic year can be found below.

Resources for TAs

Last year, Lead TAs developed an incredibly rich bank of practical resources that you may find useful in your work as a TA at Western.  These resources contain information about every stage of the TA journey at Western and include handouts, online modules, websites, and TA handbooks. 

Be sure to check out these discipline-specific resources here.

This initiative to improve the teaching effectiveness of TAs at a departmental level complements the general, interdisciplinary TA training offered by the Teaching Support Centre.  In order to support the Lead TAs in their own professional development during the year, the TSC will provide ongoing training and resources to the group on facilitation, peer mentoring and teaching excellence.  The Lead TA pilot program is a result of collaboration between the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, the Faculties, the GTA Union and the Teaching Support Centre.  If you would like to learn more about the program, please contact Lead TA Coordinator Aisha Haque at the TSC.