STAR is a group for all first- and second-year TAs at Ohio State to socialize with, learn from, encourage, and grow alongside each other. At each of our monthly meetings, we will provide refreshments and yummy snacks for you to enjoy. We will also have some structured activities or discussions, often based on topics suggested by group members, to help you in your TA role. Finally, we will have time for you to casually chat with each other and ask your teaching-related questions to your fellow TAs and to the graduate consultant facilitators.

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CarmenThe STAR page on Carmen has lots of great reference materials for new TAs, including the materials that were distributed on the flashdrives at the UCAT new TA orientation. There will also be discussion forums where you can chat with and ask questions to your fellow TAs. Everyone who attends a STAR event will automatically be registered as a participant on our Carmen page. If you would like to be added to our Carmen page but are unable to attend one of our events, please send us an email.

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September 2
9:30-11:00 am
September 30
12:30-2:00 pm
October 27
12:30-2:00 pm
November 18
12:30-2:00 pm

Open House

Managing the Classroom

Get Active: Building  An Active Learning Toolkit

Making Sense of Student Feedback

Join us for breakfast and conversation! Reconnect with friends from orientation and meet new TAs from across campus. UCAT staff and TA peers will be available to discuss classroom successes, concerns, and ideas for your teaching. If you have questions about making the most of your teaching experience, if you’ve had challenges you’d like help addressing, or if you’ve had great experiences you would like to share with others, STAR is the place for you! New teachers often grapple with their authority in the classroom, and disruptive or disengaged students can challenge the learning environment we work to create. We will explore ways to promote civility in the classroom through the use of effective classroom management skills. We will also develop strategies for handling common concerns about classroom management new TAs often face. Do you want your students to practice higher order thinking tasks such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation? Active learning techniques can help them grow from passive listeners to problem solvers. We will explore a range of structures for class activities and discuss ways to use them in your specific context. Are you curious about the value and reliability of different types of student feedback? We will explore strategies for obtaining and interpreting student feedback, including the SEIs and beyond.

STAR will be facilitated by UCAT’s team of graduate consultants. All of us have years of teaching experience at Ohio State in many different departments, and we’re excited to get to know and work with all of you.

Ana Casado

Ana Casado is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology focusing in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology. Her research looks at sex differences between male and female skulls and the ways human skulls have changed in size and shape over the last few hundred years. Ana’s favorite part of teaching is helping her students become more scientifically literate and watching as they transform into critical thinkers who can apply science and anthropology to the world around them​. Aside from teaching, Ana enjoys dogs, peanut butter, and Netflix binges.

Sarah Holt

Sarah is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology researching the ways stress during gestation and infancy affects dental development. In the classroom, Sarah loves watching students develop the ability to ask challenging questions and find good answers on their own. When she’s not busy with teaching and research, Sarah is reading endless picture books to her toddler, devouring questionable YA literature, and playing keyboards in a local indie band.

Michael Murphy

Michael is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Studies exploring how certain American and Austrian modernist novels represent and enact principles of American Pragmatism developed by William James. Michael came to Columbus from Durham, NC, where he had developed software for a technology start-up company and also run a pool hall. These days he makes time to walk dogs from a local shelter, and wishes he had the space to resume the many half-completed clay sculptures that fill his closets. What he finds most rewarding about teaching is stimulating a sense of wonder and awe about our everyday tragedies and triumphs that come alive through great literature.

Marissa Stewart

Marissa Stewart is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology, focusing on bioarchaeology.  Her research examines burial patterns in a medieval Italian cemetery and seeks to determine how sex- and status-based differences in lifestyle, health, and diet are reflected in the skeletons.  Marissa’s favorite part of teaching involves introducing students to anthropological perspectives that they can use when looking at new cultures, concepts, and species and encouraging them to also apply those perspectives to their daily lives.  In her free time, Marissa enjoys hanging out with her friends, watching TV shows on Netflix, and reading Harry Potter in Italian.

Wonneken Wanske

Wonneken is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, and she studies representations of birthing in late nineteenth-century German literature by women writers. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing her students’ reactions to watching a foreign film for the first (or fiftieth) time, and discussing their reactions to great works of world literature. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, going for a run, and playing with her giant, adorable cat.

Blake Wilder 

Blake is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of English examining the representations of race, masculinity, and trauma after the First World War in the concurrent development of the Harlem Renaissance and American Modernism. He feels honored and humbled when his teaching can help students discover new understandings about themselves and their place in a complex cultural history. When he’s not working, Blake trains for the triathlon he may never actually do and collects musical instruments he can only sort of play.