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Orientations for Faculty and Graduate Students

The Center for Teaching Excellence offers programs to welcome and orient all who are new to the teaching community at Duquesne, as well as colleagues who are making the transition to a new role (e.g., moving from adjunct or TA to full-time faculty). Take a look at Getting Started: Teaching at Duquesne

Adjunct Faculty

The Fall orientation will take place before the start of classes on August 13, 2015 from 5-8pm. A light dinner is provided. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from attending the orientation, please contact CTE (at cte@duq.edu or 412.396.5177) so that we can make alternative arrangements.


Full-Time Faculty

The purpose of the full-time faculty orientation is to prepare faculty  to thrive in teaching, serving and conducting research in the context of the Duquesne University Mission. The 2015 orientation will be held on Monday, August 17 from 8:00am to 3:00pm. More details will follow.

2015 Full-Time Faculty Orientation Agenda 

2015 Full-Time Faculty Resource Fair

Near Peer Mentoring Exchange


Liberal Arts Graduate Teaching Assistants*

The orientation for Liberal Arts Graduate Teaching Assistants focuses on effective college teaching in the Duquesne University context. The 2015 orientation for all new TAs will be held in Fisher Hall 324/325 on August 19-20, from 8:30-1:30. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days.  


CTE co-sponsored orientation events for graduate students

The International Teaching Assistant Orientation* (for TAs from all departments who come from outside the USA)* is co-sponsored by the English as a Second Language Program and CTE. The orientation is generally held the Monday evening the week before classes begin. 

The International Teaching Assistant Orientation includes a discussion of the culture of college teaching in the USA and guidance on preparing for the “TEACH” test videotaping that is required of all nonnative speakers of English.

For additional information, contact Susan Todhunter at 412.396.5092 or todhunters@duq.edu.

Bayer School of Environmental Science Graduate Teaching Assistants*

The orientation for Bayer Graduate Teaching Assistants usually occurs the week before classes begin in August.

For information, contact Heather Costello at 412.396.6339 or costelloh@duq.edu.

Mylan School of Pharmacy Graduate Teaching Assistants*

The orientation for Mylan Graduate Teaching Assistants usually occurs the week before classes begin in August. 

For information, contact Jackie Farrer at 412.396.1172 or farrer@duq.edu.

Mary Pappert School of Music*

Orientation will be held on August 20, 2015. 

For information, contact Dr. Stephen Benham at 412.396.1887 or benham@duq.edu

*Attendance at the graduate teaching assistant orientations is required by the Provost for incoming TAs.