Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) at USF are hired by individual departments/schools and fulfill a variety of instructional roles, which include serving as an instructor of record, grader, and/or teaching assistant.
- TA Training: A one-day introduction to graduate student teaching at USF. This training is required of all TAs at USF-Tampa (Academic Affairs and USF Health); contact Graduate Studies with any questions about the training requirement.
- Canvas Crash Course for TAs: A face-to-face, hands-on training to help familiarize TAs with USF's new learning
management software (LMS), Canvas.
- International Teachers' Day: A face-to-face single-day event to familiarize instructors and teaching assistants of international origin what to expect from American students, how to minimize language and accent issues, and how to leverage best practices in teaching to avoid problems that could otherwise crop up.
The Preparing for College Teaching (PCT) Course is an optional ten-week program that was created to provide TAs with an experience that helps them prepare to become college instructors or professors. It is completely free, and participants will receive co-curricular credit on their transcripts after they complete the program.
- Starting the Semester: Information to help you plan and facilitate a successful first day of class.
- USF Instructional Glossary: A list of terms (and acronyms) related to teaching at USF.
- Higher Education Glossary: A list of terms (and acronyms) frequently used in Higher Education in the United States.
- Syllabus Template: A USF-specific template with lots of instructions and examples to help you craft your own syllabus.
- Evaluation of Teaching: Information related to USF's evaluation of graduate teaching assistants.
- TA Teaching Essentials: An online course (free to USF instructional personnel) discussing best practices in teaching, from writing quizzes and delivering lectures, to effective classroom management and strong course design. This resource is available in Canvas, the university's learning management software (LMS). Note: Teaching Essentials is NOT part of the TA Training course.
Teaching Assistants may be eligible to apply for the Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant.
Academic Job Search
If you're looking for a career as a professor, our guide to the academic job search will provide you with some initial parameters of the typical job search. Be sure to check with your dissertation supervisor as well for nuances specific to your discipline.
Teaching Positions at USF
Individual departments and programs make their own decisions about hiring TAs; ask at your department about teaching opportunities. Those interested in gaining experience in the classroom may wish to volunteer-teach a class with USF's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. While the four-week classes do not pay teachers, they do offer you a chance to teach advanced topics in your discipline, perhaps even related to your own thesis or dissertation. Since these classes lack grades and homework, there is very little impact on your time. Contact Joseph McAuliffe (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inquire further about teaching with OLLI.