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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August 29
9–10:30 am
September 12
9–10:30 am
October 10
9–10:30 am
November 14
9–10:30 am
Open House
(Younkin 150)
Group Work
(Ohio Union Barbie Tootle Room)
Getting Students to Prepare for Class
(Ohio Union Barbie Tootle Room)

Making Sense of Student Feedback

(Ohio Union Barbie Tootle Room)

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. Participate in our giveaways for teaching supplies, resources, tee shirts and more! Group work often sounds like a good idea in theory, but how can you make it work for you? In this session, participants will explore different ways group work benefits student learning and can increase students independence. We will discuss ways to overcome challenges to sucessful group activities and you will also have the opportunity to develop a group activity appropriate for your own class. There’s nothing worse than designing a great activity and having it flop when students arrive to class unprepared. We will discuss challenges with getting students to prepare for class, learn the evidence-based research about how motivation affects student prep, and apply this knowledge to creating opportunities to increase student participation in your specific course.  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.


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.

Leah Hoops

Leah is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education and Student Affairs. She is interested in how student success interventions – such as instructional practices, student success courses, and summer bridge programs – influence students’ sense of belonging, motivation, and academic success. Leah’s favorite part of teaching is students. She loves getting to know them and helping students realize their own potential. Leah is a Christian and spends much of her time studying the Bible and is a member of Calvary Bible Baptist Church in Westerville.

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.

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.