As you may know, the current CUPE 3902 Unit 1 collective agreement requires that all first-contract TAs receive 3 hours of paid pedagogical training. However, did you know that the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program (TATP) can assist your department with this training? You, the hiring department/unit, can 1) develop and deliver the training and request for a TATP staff member to attend to give a brief talk about TATP services 2) request for the TATP staff to design and deliver a portion or the full 3-hour training session (in consultation with your department/unit).
If your department/unit is only hiring a few TAs, or has TAs who will not be able to attend your department training, you can send your TAs to the TATP discipline-specific workshops for first-contract TAs (e.g. “First-Time TAs in the Humanities”) offered as part of the TATP Workshop Series in September and January on all three campuses. These sessions are 3 hours and address a range of teaching-related issues for new TAs with a broad disciplinary focus. The dates for these sessions will be posted on the TATP website later this summer.