The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers a variety of resources to enhance the teaching effectiveness of Georgia Tech's undergraduate teaching assistants (UTAs) and graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). Serving as a TA is an exceptional opportunity to build and demonstrate mastery in your discipline while perfecting your skills in group presentation and individual consulting. Supplementing your TA experience with training in teaching and learning will improve not only your performance of your TA duties, but will also enhance your fit for a future faculty position. Not planning a career in academia? We can help you translate and apply the skills you develop through your TA experience to your chosen career.
TA Orientation (TAO)
Are you a new graduate or undergraduate TA? In this essential introduction to your role as a TA, you will learn about your new responsibilities, the policies that govern your work, and useful tools to use in your course. This interactive training led by a team of experienced TAs is an engaging introduction to life as a TA at Georgia Tech. While all new undergrad and graduate TAs are encouraged to attend, your school/department will determine if your attendance is mandatory. Graduate TAs who are new to the U.S. should attend both TAO and International TA Orientation.
TA Orientation | Friday, August 17 | 8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. | Clough Commons Room 144
Check-in and breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. Bring a mug to refill your coffee/tea throughout the morning.
- Why do I have to attend? As a new TA at Georgia Tech, you are an important part of our learning environment. In addition to understanding GT policies, you'll want to be prepared with a few tools to help you be effective in your TA duties.
- What will we do at TAO? You can expect to be engaged in interactive small and large group sessions led by experienced TAs. After learning about TA policies, you'll pick between several breakout sessions on grading, presentation skills, teaching tips, and more.
- What should I bring? A mug for your coffee/tea (if you wish) and your questions about your TA job.
- Do I have to stay the entire time? Yes. We want you to be as well-prepared as possible for your TA role.
- What if I can't attend on August 17? If you have a schedule conflict with TA Orientation, you may attend the make-up session on Tuesday, August 28th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB), Children's Healthcare Seminar Room.
International TAO | Thursday, August 30 | 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB), Children's Healthcare Seminar Room
- What is International TAO? At this session, graduate students who are new to the United States will learn about the culture, students, and teaching techniques typically found in the American college classroom.
From workshops on teaching and learning to sessions on developing your academic career, CTL offers a variety of workshops to enhance your role on campus and beyond.
Teaching in any form can be a challenging undertaking. A teaching consultation can help you solve a specific issues or gather feedback to highlight your strengths and opportunities for improvement. Consultations are free and confidential. Visit the consultations page for more information.
As continued support for TAs beyond orientation, TA Web is a set of narrated power points covering important policies, procedures, and practices related to your work as a TA at Georgia Tech.
TA Development Course: CETL 8000/2000
Some departments offer the CETL 8000 (and the undergrad equivalent CETL 2000) course to prepare TAs for their role. Students in this course will build a foundation for learner-centered teaching, experience self- and peer-feedback, practice using research-driven teaching techniques, and consider ways teaching can influence your continued career development. Currently, departments offering CETL 8000 courses include Biology, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Math, and Physics.
Graduate Teaching Fellows are advanced graduate students who contribute to the work of the Center for Teaching and Learning by designing and executing a project that supports TA and future faculty development in their college. They plan and present Institute-wide TA orientation programs, conduct teaching observations and consultations with graduate students and postdocs, and develop resources and workshops. Applicants to this fellowship will have considerable TA and teaching experience. Next application cycle will begin in Spring 2019.