GTAs, Ph.D. students can attend boot camp

Friday, Aug 30, 2019

The College of Engineering has opened its boot camp to graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and Ph.D. students from across campus. The boot camp is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in Room 100 of Nedderman Hall.

Preference will be given to engineering students.

The boot camp's goals are to provide Ph.D. students with a foundation on how to prepare and perform as Ph.D. students to optimize opportunities. The training describes activities that students should be doing in their program to be competitive as future postdoctoral researchers at a national laboratory, faculty members at U.S. institutions, and high-level industry positions. Ph.D. students should have their department chairs send an RSVP on their behalf.

GTAs are required to attend training on ethics, teaching techniques, and working with faculty instructors. There also will be a required GTA CANVAS training. GTAs should RSVP to

All graduate students of UTA are welcome to come.

Planned Sessions

  • 8 a.m.—Welcome and Introductions—Erick Jones
  • 8:30 a.m.—Student Conduct & Title IX—Michelle Willbanks
  • 9:30 a.m.—Academic Integrity and Cheating Prevention—Dan Moore
  • 10:10 a.m.—Engineering Student Services—Lynn Peterson
  • 10:40 a.m.—Safety on Campus—Jeffrey R. Seidel
  • 11:10 a.m.—Understanding Students and Catering to their Needs—Ann M Cavallo
  • 11.40 a.m.—Scams on International Student—UTAPD Assistant Chief Mike McCord
  • 12:10 p.m.—Effective Communications for International Teaching Assistants—Joshua Atherton
  • 1 p.m.—Working Lunch: Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships—Erick Jones
  • 1:30 p.m.—Writing and Publishing your Thesis and Dissertation—TBD
  • 2 p.m.—Graduate Industry Internships, Externships, and Jobs—Dereje Agonafer
  • 2:30-4:30 p.m.—CANVAS Training—Steve Gibbs