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Job search strategies -Seminar –
Thursday, January 26, 2012
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Vari Hall 1063 (Seminar Room)

We are offering a new job search seminar on Thursday, January 26th from 1 to 2pm in HNE B11.

This seminar is offered on the initiative of your classmate, Asher Zafar who will introduce you to his former colleague Graham Sogawa. Graham is an employment development specialist for CMA Ontario (Certified Management Accountants). He is a former recruiter, and he does excellent LinkedIn presentations on campuses around the province and for CMA members.

Graham’s presentation will take about 45 minutes. As some of you need to attend Prof . Smithin’s class at 2:30pm in Vari Hall, we will offer you a quick lunch (pizza and drinks) in the departmental seminar room VH 1063 at 2pm. As the food has to be ordered in advance, we ask you to send Angela a message by Tuesday, Jan 24th, and confirm that you will attend the seminar.


Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
Vari Hall 1063 (Seminar Room)

The Teaching Development Graduate Assistant (TDGA) Program is a joint project between the Centre for the Support of Teaching (CST) and the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS) designed to facilitate teaching development and excellence at the departmental level. During this introductory workshop new TAs will be given an overview of the TDGA program and help develop a series of workshops for all ECON TAs. TAs will also have the opportunity to discuss their first semester as TAs which will help guide workshop development. The workshop also provides an opportunity for new TAs to learn about the University Teaching Practicum, a program offered by York’s Center for the Support of Teaching.


Garry Sran
TDGA Economics


Workshop: Technology: Friend AND Foe

Our last TDGA workshop of the semester is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22nd from 3-5pm in 163BSB (the small conference room). The session will focus on “Technology: Friend AND Foe”

Talk by Leah Shapira
How much of what we do online is truly “private“? How much access do students have to our personal information on the Internet? This talk will cover current issues related to the use of technology in graduate school. Controversial topics related to digital media usage as a TA and psychology student/researcher will be explored in detail. Recommendations about how to deal with tricky technology-related situations in graduate school will be provided.

Interactive Technology Usage Debate WITH PRIZES

**Coffee and Snacks will be provided**

Hope to see you all there (remember that this workshop counts towards your University Teaching Practicum hours!)


What the *Tweet*? Graduate Students and Academic Uses for Social Media

What: Graduate Student Workshop on Academic Uses for Social Media facilitated by Melonie Fullick (PhD Candidate in Education)

When: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 @ 2:00 p.m.

Where: Winters College Room 286C

Who: All graduate students

Social media, including blogs, wikis, social networking sites (Facebook,, and content communities (YouTube) are being used by academics for networking, collaboration, and sharing of research and ideas. In this presentation, Melonie Fullick (PhD Candidate in Education) will discuss and demonstrate some of the ways in which graduate students are taking up these digital tools and joining public debates, making new connections, and building relationships with each other and with academic and non-academic audiences around the world.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email by November 28, 2011. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.


Music TDGA Workshop: Preventing Plagiarism Before it Happens!

Do you know if your students are plagiarizing?

Katherine Henderson and Glennis Houston, your Music TDGAs, have planned a session with Anna St. Onge, from Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections.  Anna will discuss Preventing Plagiarism Before it Happens!

  • Why do students cheat?
  • What are the common forms of Plagiarism?
  • Why and when do they need to cite?
  • How do they cite properly?
  • Bibliographic Styles (MLA, Chicago, etc)
  • Resources (Refworks, Write-N-Cite, Yorks Academic Integrity website)
  • Tools for Detecting Plagiarism


Time:  2:30 – 4:00 pm

Room: ACE 241

Sorry for the relatively short notice. Please RSVP by replying to this email so we can ensure we have enough BEVERAGES & TREATS available.

If you happen to be on campus on Monday and find that you did not reply, please join us anyway…the more the merrier!!!


Political Science TDGA Workshop: Thinking about Power and Privilege in your Tutorials

Thinking about Power and Privilege in your Tutorials:
A workshop for TAs addressing student relations, TA-student interactions
and TA-Course Director dynamics
DATE: Tuesday, November 15
TIME: 12:00 — 2:00
LOCATION: Verney Room S674 (6th Floor of South Ross Building)
Please come out for this important workshop geared towards Political Science Teaching Assistants (TAs). CUPE 3903’s Equity Officer, Sheila Wilmot, will guide you through the various power-relationships and forms of privilege that can manifest themselves in the classroom.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about anti-oppression frameworks in teaching, as well as for sharing strategies with other TAs on dealing with issues of sexism, racism, classism, ableism, and heterosexim in your tutorials.
This is part of the Political Science teaching development workshop series. TAs/GAs from other departments are of course welcome to attend!
Hope you can make it!
Kole, Julian, and Maita
Political Science TDGAs – 2011

Upcoming Event: November 8th at noon with Professor Emeritus Ross Rudolph on Transformative Student Learning

Join us next Tuesday for Professor Emeritus Ross Rudolph’s seminar on Transformative Student Learning.

WHEN: November 8, 2011
WHERE: Verney Room, 6th floor, South Ross (Department of Political Science)
TIME: 12:00 – 2:00 pm

Transformative learning requires the alignment of three factors: course learning goals, teaching-learning strategies, and assessment exercises. This presentation will give concrete examples of how to incorporate these elements into courses designed to promote active, engaged, critical citizenship.

Click on this link: to access teaching development materials written by Professor Rudolph. They activate concrete steps for effective student engagement in political education.

Your TDGAs,

Kole, Julian, and Maita


Upcoming Dance TDGA Workshops for November

Upcoming Workshops that are general in nature for all subject areas/disciplines.

Do join us! (Of course food is provided!)


ACE (Accolade East Building) Room 311

When? What?

November 7: 12:30 – 2:00 Coaching your students in how to effectively read scholarly articles and texts and how that can support their academic writing.

November 8: 2:30 – 4:00 Methods of Assessment and Evaluation for tutorial and studio teaching.

November 21: 12:30 – 2:00 Teaching Dossiers continued from October 17th session with sharing drafts of Teaching Philosophy and Teaching Practice Statements. Anyone can attend and pick up on the process.

Cheryl LaFrance and Catherine Limbertie,  Dance TDGAs


Rescheduled: Psychology TDGA workshop TOMORROW: Creating a Grading Scheme

Our next Teaching & Development Workshop in the Psychology Department has been rescheduled for TOMORROW, November 1st from 1:30-2:30pm in the Norman Endler Conference Room (BSB 163).

We’ll be discussing how to grade efficiently and effectively by working through some actual grading scheme examples together for a selection of psychology courses. Please bring some paper and a pen/pencil –  this will be an interactive workshop.


Jennifer Bazar & Ashley Morgan
Teaching & Development Graduate Assistants in Psychology

PS – this workshop can count towards your UTP hours! Please bring your UTP booklets for us to sign.


Upcoming Dance TDGA Events

Some upcoming Dance TDGA events. Please RSVP for workshops:

1. Twice Weekly Drop-ins: please drop in for food, problem-solving and/or workshops every Monday (with Cheryl) and every Tuesday (with Catherine) starting this Monday the 24th and Tuesday the 25th.

WHEN: Monday 12:30 – 2:15 and Tuesday 2:30 – 4:15
WHERE: ACE 311 (committee room) and/or 331 (grad office)

2. Workshops for October and November:

October 31: A window on first year students transitioning from high school: what they were taught, how they were evaluated, issues you are encountering with first year students…

November 7:Coaching your students in how to effectively read scholarly articles and texts. (I can move this to Oct. 31 if it is an urgent need)

November 8: Methods of Assessment and Evaluation for tutorial and studio teaching.

November 21: Teaching Dossiers continued from October 17th session with sharing drafts of Teaching Philosophy and Teaching Practice Statements. Anyone can attend and pick up on the process.


Workshop: Student Support Services & Resources

Student Support Services & Resources: What York Has to Offer and What TAs Need to Know
DATE: Tuesday, 1 November 2011
TIME: 12:00 — 2:00
LOCATION: Verney Room (Room S674, 6th Floor of South Ross Building)


Please come out and join our guest speakers

Patti Ryan, Political Science Librarian,
Marlene Bernholtz, Consultant, Trainer, and Contract Faculty from the Writing Department,
Marc Wilchesky, Executive Director of Counselling & Disability Services, and
Anita Balakrishna, Advisor, Education & Communications of the Centre for Human Rights

in this important information session on

the student services and resources offered by York, and
what we as TAs can do to help our students use these services/resources.

This is part of the Political Science teaching development workshop series. TAs/GAs from other departments are of course welcome to attend!

Hope you can make it!

Kole, Julian, and Maita

Political Science TDGAs – 2011