GTA workshop class (GRAD5004)

All GTA at Virginia Tech are required to take GRAD5004 once during their graduate career, ideally, their first semester (GRA and GA are not required by the university but may be by the student’s program/department to take this class).  The purpose of the class is to assist GTA in their duties and to further develop as teachers. It is a 1 credit P/F class.

What is involved?

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 will have an opportunity to share questions and challenges with students from other disciplines.

  • Phase I schedule:   Phase I includes plenary sessions that are important for all those enrolled for the GTA workshop. All students attend Phase I together. It is held the Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning in the week prior to the start of classes.
  • Phase II schedule: Scheduled throughout Fall semester (usually late afternoon or early evening), phase II of the GTA workshop is made up of about 50 smaller sessions from which students will select three sessions that best fits their interests, needs, and schedule.

Registration for GRAD5004 Phase II Sessions
Students can only be enrolled through their departmental graduate coordinator and cannot enroll themselves with HokieSpa. Enrollment typically opens to coordinators in early April and should be done as soon after that as possible to ensure students receive adequate correspondence from the graduate school on the requirements. In summer, enrolled students will receive instructions about specifics of Phase I schedule and location and on enrolling in Phase II sessions.

Evaluation and Credit for GRAD 5004
This is a pass/fail class. To receive credit for GRAD 5004, students must attend (verified with Virginia Tech ID) all of the sessions in Phase I and three sessions in Phase II. In addition, they must write and submit an acceptable reflection of their GTA experiences and challenges by a date to be determined in November.  Specific instructions will be provided to enrolled students.

Questions about the GTA workshop should be sent to: