Event Date and Time
All rooms are in the Art-Sociology Building unless indicated otherwise.

Sociology Department Orientation Schedule


Tuesday, August 18, 2015


9:00am-10:30am        Continental Breakfast, Introductions, and Program Overview

Lengermann Conference (Room 2115)

After continental breakfast and introductions, students will be greeted by members of the Sociology Administrative Staff. Immediately following, Dr. Liana Sayer, Graduate Director, will discuss program requirements, key benchmarks for degree completion, and department funding.

10:30am-10:45am            Break

10:45am-12:30pm       Specialty Areas & Centers

Room 1101

A general introduction to specialty areas in the Sociology program at UMD.  Faculty coordinators of each specialty area will lead a discussion on area courses and research foci. In addition, Directors of Sociology and affiliated centers will discuss Center research tracks, workshops, and opportunities for graduate students to participate in center activities.

12:30pm-1:45pm        Orientation Luncheon

Join the entire department for a luncheon in the Art-Sociology Atrium (2nd Floor).

1:45pm-2:00pm                      Break

2:00pm-2:45pm         Meet with your Faculty Advisor

Meet with your Faculty Advisor for a 30 minute one-on-one orientation.

2:45-3:30           Meet with your GA Supervisor

Meet with the professor to whom you have been assigned as a Teaching or Research Assistant for general introductions, an overview of your assignment, and to set up another appointment for a more in-depth discussion of mutual expectations and duties.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015


9:45am-10:30am        Continental Breakfast, Graduate Student Forum

Lengermann Conference Room (Room 2115)

The Sociology Graduate Student Forum co-presidents, Nicole Bedera & Eowna Young Harrison, will give a presentation about the activities of the GSF students.

10:30am-10:55am       UMD Graduate Student Government

Lengermann Conference Room (Room 2115)

A representative from the UMD Graduate Student Government will speak with you about resources, support, and opportunities that are available to all UMD graduate students through the GSG and the university.

10:55am-11:05am        Graduate School Writing Center

The Graduate School Writing Center will introduce you to its mission and services available to graduate students.  

11:05am-11:15am      Break 

11:15am-12:15pm        Meet with Graduate Student Peer Mentors

C.W. Mills Lounge (Room 4118)

Your peer mentors will discuss balancing academic demands, funding obligations, graduate assistantships (teaching assistant, research assistant, instructor, fellowship recipients, external funding), and more. 

12:15pm-1:30pm         Lunch with your Cohort & Graduate Students!

C.W. Mills Lounge (Room 4118)

Pick up some pizza in room 4111 and head to the Mills Lounge (4118) for an informal lunch with your cohort and rest of the graduate student body. 

1:30pm-3:30pm          Undergraduate Issues and Teaching Resources

Lengermann Conference Room (Room 2115)

Linda Moghadam, the Sociology Undergraduate Director, will discuss what to expect from Maryland’s undergraduates and about resources available to them and to Teaching Assistants.

3:30pm-4:00pm         Campus Tour


Friday, August 28, 2015

8:30am-3:00pm       Fall 2015 Graduate Student Teacher Orientation 
1101 Bioscience Research Building (morning sessions), Plant Sciences Building (afternoon sessions)
Graduate School and the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) will host the annual campus-wide Graduate Student Teacher Orientation. The orientation is for both new and returning TAs and graduate student instructors who will be teaching in 2015-2016. We will provide plenary sessions on effective teaching and a series of interactive workshops on a wide variety of teaching topics. Lunch will be provided. Students are asked to RSVP at http://go.umd.edu/fallGTA. For more information, contact us at TLTC [at] umd.edu or x59356. 
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