Training for first-contract TAs

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.

Scheduling a TA Training Session with the TATP
If you are interested in engaging the TATP to assist with your training needs for first-contract TAs, you can either submit your request online or contact the appropriate TATP representative.  See information below.

Online training request form for all three campuses:

TATP representative for department training:

  • UTM campus: Cleo Boyd, Director, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre, 905.828.3858,
  • UTSC campus: Janice Patterson, Assistant Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning, 416.287.7504,

If you want to learn more about the TATP and the services this office provides, you can visit the TATP’s website at:

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