Information for TAs
2012 Campus-Wide TA Orientations
Monday, August 20, 2012 – all new TAs - Behavioral Sciences Building, rm. 250
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 – all new International TAs only - UIC Forum, 2nd Floor
Registering for TA Orientation
In most cases, your department or program will handle registering you for TA Orientation. Some departments and programs, however, ask that their students register themselves for TA Orientation. If your department or program directs you to register yourself for TA Orientation, please use this form.
TA Orientation is open to all UIC graduate and professional students. Some departments and programs require attendance at TA Orientation. Please check with your department or program to find out if you are required to attend.
Oral English Proficiency for International Teaching Assistants (ITAs)
Information on oral English proficiency for ITAs and the SPEAK test is available on-line at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oaa/spec_prog/ita. If you have questions regarding the oral English proficiency certification requirement, please contact the ITA Program by phone at 413-2235 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Getting to TA Orientation
Monday’s all new TA Orientation will be held in the Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB), 1007 W. Harrison St. BSB is located on the East (Circle) Campus. Parking is available in Parking Lot #9 at the corner of Harrison and Morgan Streets (entrance on Morgan Street), in the Harrison Street Parking Structure on the north (westbound) side of Harrison Street, between Morgan and Racine, and in the Halsted-Taylor Parking Structure on Halsted Street directly across from the Chicago Circle Center. There is a fee for on-campus parking. BSB is easily accessible from the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line trains via the UIC-Halsted station (wheelchair accessible) and the #7-Harrison, the #60-Cicero, and #8-Halsted buses. Click here for a map of the East Campus.
Tuesday’s Orientation for new International TAs will be held on the second floor of the UIC Forum which is on the southeast corner of Halsted St. and Roosevelt Rd. (725 W. Roosevelt Rd.) The UIC Forum is accessible by the #8-Halsted buses and the UIC Shuttle. An Orientation for New International Students sponsored by the Office of International Scholars will be held in the UIC Forum during the morning hours. There is a parking structure south of the UIC Forum, the entrance in on Union and Maxwell Sts.
Useful Information for New TAs
Student IDs: Student IDs (i-Cards) can be obtained from the Photo Identification Office. Offices are located in Suite 1790 Student Services Building (1200 West Harrison Street) and 242 Chicago Illini Union (848 South Wolcott Avenue). Information about I-Cards can be obtained by calling 413-5940.
International Student Services: Services for international students, including visa clearance for TA appointments, are available through the Office of International Services (OIS). OIS will be hosting an International Student Orientation. For more information on International Student Orientation or on OIS’ services, please contact them directly. OIS is located in Suite 2160 Student Services Building (1200 West Harrison Street). Their phone number is 996-3121.
Parking Services: UIC parking permits can be obtained from the UIC Parking Office. Customer Service Offices are located in Suite 2620 Student Services Building (1200 West Harrison Street) and in 217 Student Residence Hall (818 South Wolcott Avenue). Parking information can be obtained by calling 413-5800.
U-Pass (CTA Student Pass): All full-time UIC graduate students receive a U-Pass. The U-Pass entitles the student to unlimited rides on all Chicago Transit Authority buses and trains during academic terms. More information on the U-Pass and information on U-Pass distribution can be found on-line at ID Center: U-PASS
Computer Accounts: Computer accounts for e-mail and the creation of personal web pages are administered by the Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC). To create an account, you must first obtain a UIC I-Card (see above). Once you have an I-Card, you can create an account using the account creation web page (https://ness.uic.edu/htbin/autocr). Information on computing at UIC (including creating new accounts) is available from the Client Services Office of ACCC at 413-0003 or by visiting the ACCC web site at: http://www.uic.edu/depts/accc.
Information on Policies, Programs, and Procedures Affecting Graduate Students: The UIC Graduate College is an excellent resource for graduate students. The Graduate College provides programmatic information, information on fellowships and other funding opportunities, and provides general assistance to graduate students. The Graduate College web site is http://www.uic.edu/depts/grad.
General Questions: The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) is available to help you with any questions that you might have. If we don't have the answer, we will find the person who does. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 413-9166 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.