Tips for TAs: Confidence is a Skill – Leveraging the TA experience for Personal Growth and Improved Self-efficacy

Friday, October 29, 2021
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

The session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


Even if teaching is not your anticipated long-term career destination, your time as a graduate teaching assistant (TA) can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences of your life. It is a time for experimentation, personal growth, and human connection with the potential to build self-confidence and other skills to prepare you for your post university career and help enable your students to do the same.

In this interactive workshop, we will discuss several actionable tips collected from both inside and outside the classroom and participate in some group activities designed to help maximize the benefits of the TA experience. The common theme of the workshop is to improve self-efficacy for you and your students. A few of the topics to be discussed are the importance of (and ways to) build real connections with your students, time management frameworks, and using storytelling as a vehicle to build community and enhance learning in your classroom. The workshop will be concluded with an informal Q and A session.


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Lance Tully
Teaching Assistant/PhD Student
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Abundant time spent outdoors in the Mountain State of West Virginia fostered a love of the natural world that would lead Lance Tully to pursue geology degrees from Marshall University (BS) and East Carolina University (MS). Following graduate school, he would work the next 15 years as a practicing geologist in consulting and industry, focused primarily on water resources, sustainability, and science communication. It was this passion for science communication and a desire to teach at the university level that led Lance to the geology PhD program at the University of South Carolina in 2019. In his 2 years at UIofSC, Tully has had the opportunity to serve as a graduate lab coordinator, lab TA, and lecture TA for introductory geology courses in both in person and online formats. Most recently he was selected as a TA for geology field camp, a month-long upper-level capstone experience course held in the deserts of Utah and Colorado. Tully was honored with the National Association of Geoscience Teachers Outstanding TA award in 2020 and the UofSC Graduate School’s Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in 2021. When not spending time outdoors for work, he likes to spend time outdoors for fun with his wife Kim and son Luke.