Learn from Experienced Graduate Student Teaching Assistants (TAs) on Feb 18!

Learn from a panel of expert TA graduate students and gain teaching ideas on Feb. 18 at “What I Wish I Had Known about Being a TA (at Duke)”— register now!

Join us for a panel discussion with experienced graduate students who have been Teaching Assistants (TAs)  and/or have been Instructors of Record (IOR) from an array of disciplines. The panel discussion will include past experiences of managing virtual and in-person classes, office hours, grading, department-specific training, inclusivity and active student engagement. This event is sponsored by The Graduate School and Duke Learning Innovation. Registration is open!


  • Anderson Hagler, Ph.D. candidate, History
  • Lauren Heckelman, Ph.D. candidate, Biomedical Engineering
  • Dayton Kinney, Ph.D. canididate, Music
  • Qingran Li, Ph.D. canididate, Environmental Policy

Read further to learn more about the panelists’ experience and bring your questions on Feb 18!

Anderson Hagler headshot

Anderson Hagler is a Ph.D. candidate at Duke University where he has taught as an instructor of record on three occasions. In response to the pandemic, Anderson created a new online course entitled Disease through the Ages, which was well received by undergraduates interested in history, public policy and epidemiology. Anderson is currently a Bass Digital Education Fellow and has presented at TA workshops throughout the year. Learn more about Anderson: www.andersonhagler.com


Lauren Heckelman headshot

Lauren Heckelman is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in biomedical engineering (BME). She is a life-long Blue Devil, having previously obtained her B.S.E. and M.S. degrees in BME from Duke in 2016 and 2017, respectively. She has served as a TA for four different courses, and she currently leads the BME departmental TA seminars. Learn more about Lauren: www.laurenheckelman.com



Dayton Kinney headshot

Dayton Kinney is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition. Dayton has served as a TA and instructor of record for four years with additional experience prior to her time at Duke. She is currently a Bass Digital Education Fellow, active within the Certificate in College Teaching and a previous Preparing Future Faculty Fellow. Dayton has presented at TA workshops throughout the year. Learn more about Dayton: www.daytonkinney.com



Qingran Li headshot

Qingran Li is a Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Policy. She works in the interdisciplinary field of environmental and energy economics. She has been a TA for multiple courses in the Sanford School of Public Policy. Qingran is a current Bass Digital Education Fellow and is working on an online teaching project for the Climate Change Economics and Policy course. Learn more about Qingran: https://www.qingranli.com/



Additional TA training resources

The Teaching Assistant’s Guide to Flexible Teaching

Teaching Assistant (TA) Training – workshops offered by the Graduate School and Learning Innovation.