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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 2020 GTA Workshop

  • Message to attendees from Dr. Kevin Edgar
  • Phase I schedule: Phase I will comprise a live online event in the morning of Tuesday, August 18, 2020 (roughly 2 hours), and several other presentations that will be available as recordings on the course Canvas site.
  • Phase II schedule: Phase II of the GTA workshop is made up of smaller sessions from which students will select what best fits their interests and needs.  For Fall 2020, all sessions will be online. Enrolled students will be informed about criteria for each session and how to access the content.

Registration for GRAD 5004 Course

Students must be enrolled in the GTA workshop by their department's graduate coordinator; students cannot enroll themselves through the regular registration process in HokieSpa. Enrollment period:  June 22-Aug 14 for fall. Graduate program coordinators may register their students through the GTA Workshop Registration tool. After the registration period closes, the course will be added to students' schedules through a mass upload by the Graduate School.

Graduate coordinators/directors: If you receive an error message while registering students for this course and/or need access to registration, please email

Registration for GRAD 5004 Phase II Sessions

Once students are registered for the Phase 1 sessions, they will receive instructions about specifics of Phase I schedule and on 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 2021:  January 14, 2021, Thursday

For more information, see our frequently asked questions.