The purpose of this seminar-based course is to support the professional development of Teaching Assistants (TAs) from all disciplines. The course will introduce first year PhD graduate students to issues, practices and strategies involved in teaching at the university level. Through assigned readings and online and in-class discussion components the course will include such topics as the nature of teaching and learning, the role student engagement, how student development impacts learning, the use of technology to enhance student learning, course design, learning outcomes and assessment. Students are expected to fully engage in the course and be active members of a learning community, and where possible practice the teaching techniques and skills that they obtain through course participation. Student will be evaluated based on individual participation, contributions to the class and a presentation. The course will use primary literature and student writing and reflections as the primary pedagogy.