Building TA-Instructor Rapport (CTE1239)Export this event to calendar

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 — 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT
Location: Online (Webex Meetings)
Facilitator: Emma Green (CTE) and Blessing Medon (CTE)

Workshop description

As a teaching assistant, it is essential to establish a positive relationship with the course instructor. In remote courses, ongoing communication between members of the teaching team is especially important. This workshop will feature a panel of faculty members who will share their perspectives on building effective working relationships with TAs. We will focus specifically on remote courses. Topics will include tips for success as a TA and suggestions for how TAs and instructors can communicate effectively before and during the term. We will also discuss various rapport-building strategies that you can adapt as both an instructor and TA. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions of the panel, so we encourage you to bring your questions. 


  • Leia Minaker, School of Planning

  • Pendar Mahmoudi, Chemical Engineering

  • Steve Balaban, School of Accounting and Finance

Workshop delivery

This is a live session that will take place in Webex Meetings. The link to the Webex Meetings session will be sent to you by email closer to the date.

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    This workshop has limited enrolment spots and often has a waiting list. If you have registered but can't complete the module, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


    The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.