Graduate Teaching Orientation

Your introduction to teaching at the University of Mississippi

A room full of students sitting at tables at Graduate Teaching Orientation

Join us to prepare for your teaching role

Whether you’re a first-time TA or instructor at the University of Mississippi or a more experienced graduate teacher looking to hone your skills before the start of the academic year, Graduate Teaching Orientation is for you!

Hosted by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in collaboration with the Graduate School, Orientation will help you establish your role as TA or instructor, provide an introduction to UM students and university teaching, and give you the tools to teach and assess effectively, no matter your discipline. At the end of the Orientation, we’ll take the time to answer all your questions about teaching here at UM.

Graduate students who attend Orientation leave with…

  • A repertoire of inclusive, evidence-based teaching strategies
  • Awareness of university policies on teaching and learning
  • A variety of tools and resources to support graduate teaching
  • A network of staff and peer support for teaching

Orientation typically takes place the Tuesday before the start of classes in August at the Jackson Avenue Center.

Please check with your department to ascertain whether attendance at Orientation is required or recommended for its graduate students. The Orientation is open to all graduate students, whether or not it is required by your department.

Register for orientation

The 2024-25 Graduate Teaching Orientation will take place on Tuesday, August 20 from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Jackson Avenue Center. Breakfast and lunch provided!

Can't make it to Orientation?

A notebook with notes and a pen lying on a table at orientation
An orientation participant scanning a QR code with an iPad

There are a few things you can do:

Access the Orientation slides and other teaching tools on our Graduate Teaching Resources page or get additional teaching support through the program offerings linked below.

If you have specific questions about your teaching, set up a consultation with us or contact Emily Pitts Donahoe, Associate Director of Instructional Support.

Emily Donahoe

For more information...

Contact Emily Pitts Donahoe with any questions about Graduate Teaching Orientation. 

Emily Donahoe

Associate Director of Instructional Support in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Lecturer of Writing and Rhetoric