With support from Georgia Tech’s Class of 1957, The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) is pleased to offer Georgia Tech academic units an opportunity to enhance and support the professional and pedagogical development of their Graduate Teaching Assistants. Applicants may propose a project, program, or professional development experience that focuses on preparing graduate students to be exemplary teaching assistants.
Each year, CETL will award a limited number of projects up to $1000 each. Examples of proposals may include (but are not limited to):
- Inviting a nationally-known speaker to come to campus to talk about topics of relevance to GTAs such as innovative teaching strategies, training methods for GTAs, etc
- Sending a faculty member who supervises TA training to a conference that focuses on TA training
- Developing resources, manuals, or other materials for assisting GTAs in the classroom or laboratory
- Hosting a workshop series or symposium to discuss issues relating to teaching and learning
Direct any questions to: Dr. Lydia Soleil at 404-894-1355 or email@example.com.
- All Georgia Tech Academic Departments that utilize Graduate Teaching Assistants are eligible to apply.
- Academic units may partner with administrative units or other academic units in submitting a proposal.
- Proposals may be submitted by any faculty member, academic professional, or other staff member who is highly involved in the training and usage of GTAs.
- Although the primary recipient for the benefits of the proposal must be Graduate Teaching Assistants, programs which also include Undergraduate Teaching Assistants will be accepted and are encouraged. Programs may not, however, be aimed specifically at Undergraduate Teaching Assistants due to the nature of the funding.
- To ensure an equitable distribution of awards, departments may only submit one proposal per academic year (Summer - Spring).
Deadlines and Awards
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the academic year and as funding permits. CETL will review all proposals and will notify applicants of a decision within 30 days of receipt of their proposal.
It may take up to 30 additional days to arrange for funds to be transfered. Therefore, mini-
grant requests should be submitted at least 60 days before any planned event or purchase that the grant would support.
1. Proposal Cover Sheet (download the cover sheet in MS Word Format).
2. A Project Proposal (2-4 pages). This should include:
- A brief statement of the departmental needs for Graduate Teaching Assistants that the proposal will address
- A summary of the project and its components. Be as specific as possible- include names, dates, and locations where relevant. If this proposal is for a portion of a larger event, please describe the entire event and note for what you plan to use the requested funding.
- A clear statement on how the project will enhance the training and performance of Teaching Assistants in your department. Please include data on the number of GTAs (and UGTAs) in your department and the types of responsibilities and courses they are involved with.
- A statement describing how you will disseminate the information learned from your program to other members of the Tech community. Examples might be hosting a workshop or seminar for TA trainers, developing resources that CETL can share with others, or (if possible) including other departmental faculty/TA trainers or graduate students in your event.
3. A Proposed Budget for what you plan to use the funding for. If this funding will be used as part of a larger event please describe this but note specifically where the requested funding will be used.
4. A brief biography or vita of the person or persons who are submitting the proposal. Be sure to describe explicitly the level of involvement with departmental GTA development.
5. A short letter of support from the School Chair (or Dean as appropriate).
Applications (including letter of support) should be submitted electronically to:
Dr. Lydia Soleil
Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)