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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; hybrid with an in-person option.
  • Phase II schedule:  Starting after August 17,  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.

Registration for GRAD 5004 Phase II Sessions

Once students are registered for the Phase 1 sessions, they will receive instructions about the specifics of Phase I schedule and 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.

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