TA Training

New Educators Orientation

The New Educator Orientation (NEO) program is designed to help instructors and TAs utilize effective teaching strategies and technologies in their classes. NEO is an opportunity for teaching assistants and instructors to learn from each other and share perspectives with both new and experienced engineering educators. NEO workshops are intended to expose educators to new learning theories and approaches, as well as provide practical suggestions on how to improve teaching and learning.  The program also provides TAs with information, resources, and training required as part of their employment.

Spring 2019: Wednesday, January 16th, and Thursday, January 17th

NEO Spring 2019 Tentative Full Schedule

All events for the NEO Program take place in the Mechanical Engineering building.

NEO Resources

Online Registration coming soon.




Teaching Improvement Program

The Teaching Improvement Program (TIP) will not be offered at this time and will not be a requirement for returning College of Engineering or College of Agriculture and Life Sciences TAs to take.  If you would like information on other programs and events related to Teaching and Learning Improvement please contact CEETE at ceete@engr.wisc.edu.


Frequently asked questions

Who should attend NEO?

New TAs, SAs, UAs, lecturers and faculty in the College of Engineering and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences should attend NEO.

Am I required to attend NEO?

All new TAs in the College of Engineering and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are required to attend NEO. Because each university is different, even those who have attended TA or teacher training at another university must attend.

When is NEO offered?

NEO is offered at the beginning of Spring and Fall semesters, usually the Wednesday and Thursday the week before classes start.

I’d like to present or coordinate a NEO workshop. Who do I contact?

Faculty, lecturers, and TAs can serve as workshop coordinators or volunteer as a guest speaker to share experiences and techniques. If interested in participating as a NEO speaker or coordinator, please contact

Elizabeth Harris, Director, CEETE, echarris@wisc.edu