Resources for TAs


Accessibility Services, E19-226, 253-1674,

Accessibility Services aids students with learning or physical disabilities. For example, the office can arrange scribes for tests, or evaluate students’ needs for extra accommodations during exams.


Counseling and Support Services, 5-106, 253-4861,

Counseling and Support Services provides both academic and personal counseling. It also organizes support groups for, among others, women, students of color, students with disabilities, gay and lesbian students.


ESL programs, contact Jane Dunphy, coordinator, 14N-312, 253-3069,,

Foreign Languages and Literatures offers a wide range of programs to help TAs whose first language is not English. These services include courses in speaking, listening, and writing, and individual tutoring (on a fee-for-service basis).


The Mental Health Service, E23-368, 253-2916

Mental health professionals are available for students in need.


The Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL), 7-131, 253-9419,,

 TLL offers a number of different programs from workshops on teaching to individual consultations to recitation videotaping (see below). A teaching consultant can provide guidance on leading recitations, including how to improve delivery, encourage interaction, or handle classroom dynamics. Two programs of particular interest to TAs are:

The Torch or the Firehose: A Guide to Section Teaching by Professor Arthur P. Mattuck.

To order call TLL, 253-9419

The Torch or the Firehose (now in its second edition!) is an invaluable guide to section teaching. Topics covered include, for example, basic communication skills, asking and answering questions, evaluating students, and getting feedback.


The Writing and Communication Center, 14N-317, 253-3090

Tutors are available to help students improve their writing.


And in the departments:

The Graduate Administrators

Current and former TAs

Faculty members