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I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.Albert Einstein

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching welcomes you to FIU!

As a teaching assistant (TA), you play a vital role in this University. Your responsibility in the classroom is to provide learning experiences that facilitate student learning. Your transition and training for this new role include attending the half-day TA Orientation.

The Fall 2021 TA Orientation will be held virtually on Tuesday, August 17, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. You will receive a calendar invite with the Zoom information approximately a week after you RSVP.

If you haven't already done so, click here to RSVP. To help us cater to your TA needs, please participate in a very short, 3-question,Pre-Orientation Survey.

If for whatever reason you cannot attend the orientation, please contact Dr. Ileana Hernandez at

Before attending the TA Orientation, participants must:

  1. Complete the online Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) basic course. As part of University Compliance's FERPA campaign, all University staff who have access to student records are required to complete the basic course. You will receive a completion certificate that you will present to the faculty you're working with. 
  2. Read FIU TA policies and protections.
    1. Student Rights and Conduct
    2. University Grading
    3. Student Policies: Academic Integrity, Misconduct & Grievances
    4. Equitable Treatment of Students
    5. Student Resources
  3. Read chapter 1, “Follow the Research”, from Terry Doyle's Learner-Centered Teaching: Putting Research on Learning into Practice book

Please note all information regarding the policies is taken verbatim from the University Registrar and Faculty Handbook.

Below you will also find links to additional information regarding FIU and teaching and learning resources. If you're new to Florida and/or the United States, you will also find a Survival Guide created by Dr. Tom Pitzer and various graduate students in the Biological Sciences department, with valuable information such as how to obtain a Florida drivers license, apply for residency, etc.

The CAT is here to support you on your journey. We invite and encourage you to stop by our office (PC 237), call (305-348-4214) or email ( when you have teaching questions and concerns whether big or small!