Managing Interactions in your TA Role

Monday, November 6, 2023
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This 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.


Graduate teaching assistants and instructors are defined as much by their character as they are by academic achievements. This workshop aims to empower Carolinians to be responsible teaching assistants and instructors that uphold the core values of our academic community.

What does it mean to be a teaching assistant and an instructor held at the high standard of ethical behavior? In this workshop, we will discuss preconceptions, misconceptions, and proper perceptions and interactions among faculty and teaching assistants. The framework of self-determination theory will be used to help participants explore their motivations and both intrinsic and extrinsic factors influencing their behaviors. We will explore ways to encourage student inquiry and inclusion in learning, and ways to articulate the problem space between students and instructor(s) by discussing strategies that foster student connections in what otherwise might feel like a competitive environment. Helpful techniques, such as embedded correction that model correct terms during both in-person or email conversations, and soliciting feedback from both instructors and students, can help each be better understood.


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Amanda Lancaster
Doctoral Candidate
Integrated Informatics
College of Engineering and Computing

Amanda Lancaster received her Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Psychology, and has a masters in Applied Clinical and Pre-Clinical Research, specializing in Pediatric Research Trials.  She earned an advanced master's degree in Regulatory Affairs and is a recent graduate of The Ohio State College of Medicine Graduate Medical program for Biomedical Bioinformatics. Currently, she is doctoral student in Integrated Information Technology at USC's College of Engineering. Lancaster earned an award for working on the front lines of Covid-19 on the several University-wide database systems at The Ohio State University College of Public Health in 2021.