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GTA Workshop

Hundreds of students attend the Graduate Teaching Assistant workshop each fall

The GTA Workshop course (GRAD 5004) is required for new GTAs (not for GAs or GRAs). GTAs must take it once during their graduate program, ideally in their first semester. Phase I of the GTA workshop is always on Tuesday before classes begin in the fall, and always on Thursday before classes begin in the spring

The workshop is designed with new GTAs in mind, and many excellent faculty and experienced graduate students from across campus volunteer to share their skills, experience, and advice with those beginning as Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). Participating students have an opportunity to share questions and challenges with students from other disciplines.

Fall 2021 GTA Workshop

  • Phase I schedule:  Tuesday, August 17 - Full day workshop, 8:30am-4:00pm;  with in-person and virtual option. Please complete this form to indicate whether you plan to attend in person, virtually, or, if warranted, view the recording at a later time. See message from course instructor for additional details.
    • In person:  Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg VA; check-in 8:00-8:30am with Hokie Passport. Lunch will be served. No food or drinks allowed in auditorium. Must wear mask. 
    • Virtual: by Zoom. Check back for Zoom link after August 10. 
  • Phase II schedule:  Starting after August 23,  Phase II of the GTA workshop is made up of smaller sessions on a variety of topics,  from which students select what best fits their interests and needs.  Enrolled students will be informed about criteria for each session and how to access the content.


Registration for GRAD 5004 Course

Students may register for the GTA Workshop during the regular course request and drop/add periods. Register between August 2-11 to ensure that you get added to the course Canvas site before Phase I begins on August 17. The Fall 2021 CRN for GRAD 5004 is 85636.

Registration for GRAD 5004 Phase II Sessions

Students who register for the course will receive instructions about the Phase I schedule and specifics about participation as well as about enrolling in Phase II sessions.

Doctoral student Najla Mouchrek is pursuing an Individualized Interdisciplinary Ph.D. at Virginia Tech

Evaluation and Credit for GRAD 5004

This is a pass/fail class. To receive credit for GRAD 5004, students must attend all of the sessions in Phase I and the required number of sessions in Phase II. In addition, they must write and submit an acceptable reflection of their GTA experiences and challenges.  Specific instructions will be provided to enrolled students.

Future GTA workshop dates:
Spring 2022: Thursday, January 13

For more information, see our frequently asked questions.

Send questions about the GTA workshop to: grad5004@gs.vt.edu.