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 the science of 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 GTA or UTA? 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. Led by a team of experienced TA Fellows, TAO is an engaging introduction to life as a TA at Georgia Tech. Check with your department to find out if your attendance at this event is mandatory.
International students are encouraged to attend the afternoon session, Teaching in the American Classroom. In this session, you will learn about American students and the academic environment at Georgia Tech, cross-cultural communication with students and colleagues, instructional and language tips, and support services across campus to enhance your TA experience.
Past event - TA Orientation | Friday, August 18, 2017 | 8:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Clough Commons
Past event - Make-up TA Orientation | Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Student Center Room 320
"Teaching in the American Classroom" for International TAs | Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Student Center Piedmont Room
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 | 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Student Center Peachtree Room
Pre-registration will open in December.
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 Applied Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Math, and Physics. More information can be found here.
If you are a graduate student with at least two semesters of experience as a GTA and want to mentor new TAs, apply to be a TA Fellow to help plan and lead TA Orientation. Applications are due March 31, 2017.