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How to Create a Successful Graduate Teaching Assistant Training and Development Program

This program offers academic leaders a flexible structure for building or strengthening their graduate teaching assistant programs from recruitment to performance feedback.

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A teaching assistantship offers graduate students a wealth of educational and professional benefits, providing opportunities to gain further expertise in the field, enhance research skills, develop pedagogical skills, acquire leadership experience, and enjoy collegial collaborations with academic leaders.

However, too often, inexperienced graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) enter the classroom with inadequate training or resources, hindering their ability to function effectively as new higher education teachers.

Underprepared GTAs require more management time from faculty supervisors, frustrate students, and ultimately fail in facilitating the intended learning outcomes of their courses.

But with careful selection, training, supervision, evaluation, and coaching, GTAs become an asset to academic programs. The How to Create a Successful Graduate Teaching Assistant Training and Development Program online seminar, presented by Jennifer Waldeck, PhD, explains how to create successful programs that attract students, generate funding, and make an important contribution to the quality of academic work.


There are many challenges directors must navigate when creating a successful program for GTAs, including recruiting GTAs that will be committed to their teaching work, training underprepared GTAs, managing conflicts between GTAs and supervising faculty, and recognizing when the fit between GTAs and programs is poor. This seminar offers you a flexible structure for building or strengthening all aspects of your GTA programs-from recruitment to delivering performance feedback.

This seminar shows you how to:

  • Clearly define the role GTAs play in your program
  • Use standard applications to assess teaching interest
  • Train and orient GTAs into your academic program

Learning Goals

This engaging seminar equips you with an enhanced understanding of your own role in developing GTAs and preparing them for success.

After watching this seminar, you will:

  • Understand the pedagogical and communication competencies required of GTAs and how to help GTAs build them
  • Be able to implement a systematic plan for recruiting, training, evaluating, and delivering useful performance feedback to GTAs
  • Learn whats required to build successful GTA programs that attract students, generate funding, and allow units to meet the demand for basic undergraduate courses
  • Be prepared to respond to HR challenges associated with GTA programs

Topics Covered

  • Defining the roles of GTAs and the roles of directors in developing successful GTA programs
  • Practical strategies for developing and maintaining an effective program for GTAs
  • Reviewing best practices and lessons learned from prosperous GTA programs


This seminar is designed for academic leaders interested in building or strengthening all aspects of their GTA programs. This includes:

  • Directors of Graduate Students
  • Graduate Coordinators
  • Department Chairs
  • Deans
  • GTA Coordinators
  • Directors of Faculty Development


Through this interactive and engaging program, you’ll discover a robust set of resources-such as questions for self-assessment, sample documents, and worksheets-necessary for developing concrete strategies that will help you strengthen your campus GTA programs.

Order today and start removing the obstacles related to teaching assistantships.

Product Code: PC17KA

Campus Access License

With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days after payment has been received by Magna.

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*On-demand access begins on date of purchase.

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, you may cancel the order within 30 days of purchase and receive a full refund.

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