2022 Teaching Assistant & Teaching Fellow Orientation

Previously called the Graduate Student Teaching Conference, the TA/TF Orientation is held annually before the start of the fall semester and helps prepare new Teaching Assistants and Teaching Fellows to teach at BC. It provides the opportunity to learn about some of the particularities of teaching BC students and connect with and learn from other graduate students. This year’s event was held in person on Friday, August 26, 2022 and included a faculty plenary, graduate student panels, and workshops. 

Friday, August 26, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00/3:30 pm | Higgins Hall

9:00 - 10:15 am: Plenary: Engaging and Supporting BC Students (Higgins 300)

10:30 - 11:30 am: Concurrent Session #1

11:30 am - 12:00 pm: Pick up box lunches (Outside Higgins 300)

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Concurrent Session #2

1:10 pm: Concurrent Session #3

2:20 - 3:30 pm: Preparing for the First Semester as a Teaching Assistant (for TAs in Natural Sciences)

You can find more information about the sessions below.


The in-person sessions are open to any graduate student serving as a Teaching Assistant or Teaching Fellow for the first time at Boston College. The livestream of the plenary is open to new and returning graduate student instructors.

Accessibility Information & Accommodation Requests

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to providing equal access to its events and programs. The Teaching Assistant & Teaching Fellow Orientation will provide the following to all participants:

  • The option to access materials in advance
  • Real-time captioning of the plenary session
  • The option to attend the opening plenary remotely
  • The use of microphones in all sessions 
  • The ability to ask questions verbally or in writing 
  • A quiet room that is reserved throughout the day

Individuals who anticipate needing accommodations can indicate their need in the registration form. If you would like to discuss accommodations or have any questions about access, contact Kim Humphrey (humphrek@bc.edu).

Covid Precautions

Here are the COVID protocols you can expect to experience at orientation: 

  • Masks: We will be following BC's masking policies (you can find up-to-date guidance on the BC Forward webpage); we will have masks available at the check-in desk.
  • Remote participation: You can attend the opening plenary in person or via livestream. (Other sessions will only be available in person.) On the registration form, you will be able to indicate how you plan to participate.
  • Lunch: During the 30-minute lunch break, you can choose to eat in Higgins or outside.


Past Conferences