GTA Orientation


Register for GTA Orientation


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Ready to Fuel your Passion for Teaching? This orientation is designed to support ANY graduate student interested in teaching! We will emphasize preparing you for your first day of class and leveraging resources from across campus to support your teaching throughout the year. We will also cover topics such as classroom management and educational technology. A panel of GTAs will answer your burning questions!

Audience: Whether you’re supporting a recitation, leading a lab section, grading for a large lecture, designing and teaching your own course, or hoping to teach someday, ALL graduate students are welcome. Those with or without a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) position, as well as international GTAs who may have attended the morning session, are encouraged to attend. Additionally, while this event is geared toward new GTAs, graduate students continuing with their degrees are also welcome. Attendance is highly encouraged for all new GTAs. Some academic units require attendance. Please check with your program if you are unsure whether your attendance is required.

For more information or disability accommodations, contact Jeanna Towns ([email protected]) by August 15.




1 to 1:05 p.m.

Welcome, Center for Teaching and Learning
Regan A. R. Gurung, Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director

1:05 to 1:45 p.m.

Timely Teaching Tips
Learn practical tips such as how to distinguish yourself as an instructor, classroom management skills, and how to start your first day strong!

1:45 to 1:55 p.m.


1:55 to 2:35 p.m.

Classroom & Instructional Tech Tours
Tour tech tools such as Canvas! Learn practical tips for teaching remotely or face-to-face.

2:35 to 2:45 p.m.


2:45 to 3:15 p.m.

Teaching Resource Lightning Talks
Hear Lightning Talks from units who can support your teaching such as Center for Teaching & Learning, Academic Technology, and Ecampus.

3:15 to 3:45 p.m.

Getting Real - GTA Panel
Ask experienced GTAs all your nitty gritty questions. Learn how they create and sustain equitable learning environments.

3:45 to 4p.m.

Wrap Up and Q&A
Regan A. R. Gurung, Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director