Information for TAs

TA Student Evaluations

SAS has moved all evaluations from paper and pencil evaluations online. This can be especially helpful when trying to secure a job with a teaching post.  To get a quick summary of your students’ feedback and see each individual response online,  go to:

U@Penn (accessible by Penn Portal) > "Student Advising & Admin Resources" > "Penn Course Evaluation" > "My Course Evaluations"

TA Training

Students who will be first-time Penn TAs will receive TA training at the end of the summer break. Most but not all SAS graduate students who will be teaching for the first time are required to attend. If you have questions about whether you have to attend, please ask your Graduate Group Chair or Program Director.

TA Training is run by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL).

Teaching certificate

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers a Teaching Certificate for graduate students who are either currently TA’s or are teaching their own courses.

In order to get your teaching certificate, you must:

  • Complete five CTL-approved teaching workshops
  • Complete at least two semesters as a teaching assistant or instructor
  • Have a full teaching session observed and reviewed by a member of the CTL staff
  • Develop a statement of teaching philosophy and discuss it in a CTL session (which you will be invited to having complete the other steps)

To look at the requirements more in-depth and for a list of CTL-approved workshops, please visit this CTL webpage.