Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

Graduate Teaching Assistant positions support the faculty in the classroom and/or lab space with all aspects of the education experience. A GTA may also support student learning through academic coaching and tutoring or support athletic coaches with specific sports teams.

Common Duties of a Graduate Teaching Assistant (According to Role)


Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

GTA – Classroom/Lab Instructor:

  • providing or coordinating instruction, including classroom, lab
  • leading a discussion session;
  • holding office hours;
  • grading tests and assignments;
  • developing instructional materials;
  • providing artistic instruction or portfolio review;

GTA – Academic Coach:

  • coaching and tutoring students;
  • leading discussion sessions;
  • proctoring assessments, evaluations and exams
  • leading study sessions;
  • developing study skills and practices for students;
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)
Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA)

GTA – Athletic Coach:

  • assist the Head Coach in building and managing a dynamic team program where players demonstrate exceptional skills while fully committed to the mission and goals of the program while adhering to NCAA rules and regulations;
  • provide positive leadership for student-athletes by example;
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EXCEPTIONS: Because of the nature of the responsibilities, there are some GTA-Athletic Coaching positions that may require students to be available during typical ‘student break’ periods or on weekends or evenings. The work schedule should be clearly outlined and discussed with the student to assure they can meet those time commitments.

Individual job descriptions will have additional duties and responsibilities that are specific to the position.

All GTA students must attend GTA Training prior to the beginning of their position. Classroom/Lab based GTAs may teach a course independently once they have completed their GTA Training and served as a GTA for one semester, unless prior approval is obtained by their supervising faculty member. GTA – Academic Coaches will work directly with students in a one-on-one or small group situation.