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Wednesday, June 22 • 14:45 - 15:35
CON03.13 - Graduate Students as Educational Leaders: Transforming Departmental Teaching Cultures through the Lead TA Program

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An emerging trend in graduate teaching assistant (GTA) training in Canada is the development of graduate student peer networks – such as “Lead TA Programs” – that enhance the teaching practices of GTAs at a disciplinary level. In this session, we will share the preliminary findings of a mixed method study we conducted to evaluate the impact of a Lead TA program during its pilot implementation stage at a large Ontario university.

This first purpose of this session is to share strategies on how to support graduate students for roles in educational leadership. To this end, two Lead TAs will offer their experiences of the program as case studies in order to shed insight on the factors that resulted in both their success and challenges. The second purpose of this session is to collaboratively brainstorm potential solutions to the attendant challenges of empowering graduate students as change agents within departmental teaching cultures through a group discussion. Participants will leave the session with concrete examples of innovative discipline-specific TA training activities that could be implemented at their own institutions.


Melanie-Anne Atkins

Melanie-Anne Atkins is a PhD candidate in Applied Psychology at Western University's Faculty of Education. Her research and professional interests include mental health and wellness, student engagement and retention, knowledge mobilization, curriculum development, and instructional... Read More →
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Aisha Haque

Western University
Titles: Associate Director, Graduate Education, Western University  Aisha is an educational developer with a background in culturally relevant teaching, anti-racist education, and post-colonial literature. She develops programs to support graduate student professional development... Read More →

Melissa Jacquart

Melissa Jacquart is a PhD candidate in the Philosophy Department at the Western University, and a resident member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, specializing in the philosophy of science. She also works for Western’s Teaching Support Centre as a TA Training Program Inst... Read More →

Ken Meadows

Ken N. Meadows is an educational researcher with the Teaching Support Centre and a researcher with the Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at Western University, and the managing editor of The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learn... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2016 14:45 - 15:35 EDT
UCC 315 (Council Chambers)