Teaching Assistant and Teacher Training Opportunity (TATTO)

Teaching Requirements

TATTO ensures that each student’s education as a scholar is balanced with thoughtful and thorough preparation in the art of teaching.  With the help of TATTO, Emory graduates enter professional life, whether or not that includes classroom teaching, with the skills of competent and confident educators.

The Emory Graduate School requires all graduate students to complete a teacher training sequence, which includes the following for Anthropology Ph.D. students:

  • Attend Emory's TATTO training program in August, one week before the Fall registration date. Please consult the calendar in the Graduate School’s handbook for the exact program dates. It is generally held the week before classes start (August before the 2nd year for all students entering 2017 and prior; 1st year for all students entering 2018 and after);
  • Attend eight Anthropology Teaching Roundtable sessions over the first three years of graduate study;
  • Serve as a Teaching Assistant for three courses during Years 1-3, normally for ANT 101, 150, 201, or 202 first, then two other courses;
  • Serve as a Teaching Associate ("Co-Teach") during dissertation write-up years for a course of their preference, which they either co-teach with a faculty member or solely teach under the supervision of a faculty member.

During the four semesters of training, students take a normal course load and receive a regular graduate stipend while TA'ing.

Students may only teach during the Fall and Spring semesters when fulfilling any of the TATTO teaching requirements.

Teaching Assistantship

Graduate students in anthropology will be assigned to serve as TAs for an introductory level course (ANT 101, 150, 201, or 202), in the Spring semester of their first year or the Fall or Spring of their second year. They then will serve as a TA for two other courses, dependent on the needs of the department.

The TA acts as a secondary instructor to whom undergraduates have easier access, providing additional opportunities for students to discuss course material or to express concerns about the course. A TA is expected to attend all class meetings, hold regular office hours (at least two hours per week), and assist in the design and grading of exams and writing assignments. Other contributions may include holding regular discussion sections, presenting one or more class lectures or discussion sessions, answering questions on Blackboard or other class website, coordinating reserve readings or electronic reserves, and scheduling and conducting review sessions before exams.

The TA and professor should meet in the semester before the class to review the course goals and plans for the TA’s participation. During the course of the semester, the professor should meet with the TA weekly to assess TA performance and discuss course logistics. At the end of the semester, the faculty member writes a summary letter to the Director of Graduate Studies evaluating the TA’s performance. It is the responsibility of the TA to make sure the faculty instructor writes this letter and signs off that the TAship was successfully completed.

Students may request to TA a particular course, but departmental needs take precedence over individual preferences. Assignments will be made by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Curriculum Committee. At the end of the semester, the faculty member writes a summary letter to the Director of Graduate Studies evaluating the TA’s performance.

Teaching Associateship (Co-Teach)

The final phase of TATTO training, affording a more independent teaching experience, generally occurs during dissertation write-up, following fieldwork when the student is in residence. The Teaching Associate may co-teach a course with a faculty member, sharing equally in the design, teaching, and evaluation phases of the course, or solely teach a course under the general supervision of a faculty member. In the latter case, the faculty supervisor will not receive credit for teaching the supervised course but will attend class meetings throughout the semester to evaluate and advise on classroom performance and course substance and structure.

Details of the apprenticeship are somewhat variable and should be agreed upon by the participating faculty member and the student. In general, the student will work with the advisor or another committee member. Requests should be given to the Director of Graduate Studies and individual faculty instructor by mid-February for a Fall course, and mid-September for a Spring course. The Teaching Associateship, like the Teaching Assistantships, are considered part of normal professional training and are covered by our regular graduate stipend.

Students may only fulfill their "Co-Teach" requirements at Emory during the Fall or Spring semesters.

Teaching Roundtable

Teaching Roundtables are the program component of the Laney Graduate School TATTO requirements. They take the form of roundtable sessions exploring issues specific to the teaching of anthropology and may include presentations by faculty or guest speakers, panel discussions, break-out working groups, and other activities designed to provide pedagogical instruction and encourage active engagement of participants.

Four Teaching Roundtables are scheduled each year, typically two per semester. This schedule includes special sessions on ethical issues in the teaching of anthropology and on working with human subjects (IRB training), which are taught in alternating years.

All students are required to attend eight sessions over the first three years of study, including the ethics and IRB sessions. Students are highly encouraged to continue participation after the requirements are met in order to share experiences that they have gained as they've completed teaching assignments.