Graduate Teaching Assistant Program

Michigan State University is committed to partnering with graduate programs, faculty and the Graduate Employees Union to provide a wide variety of professional development experiences in support of all MSU graduate teaching assistants (GTAs). This effort is particularly crucial because it is the graduate teaching assistants at Michigan State that often provide undergraduate students with their first exposure to core courses in a wide variety of disciplines. As such, graduate teaching assistants play a crucial role in Michigan State University’s efforts to ensure academic success among the institution’s undergraduate population.

GTA Email Communication

Once you are a GTA or International GTA you will automatically be added to the GTA email list and periodically receive updates about ongoing professional development opportunities.

Professional Development Opportunities for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Professional development opportunities for Graduate Teaching Assistants have been organized with your GTA experience in mind. Opportunities include August orientation programs (New GTA Institute and International GTA Orientation) as well as some additional events. You can find the previous year's information about the two August orientation programs within both "First-Time GTA" sections and information about additional events in all three sections as relevant. Whether you are a first time GTA (domestic or international) or a returning GTA, we have events you will want to attend!

Attention new 22-23 Graduate Teaching Assistants!

We welcome you to your role as GTAs at MSU! In order for you to be successful as a new Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at MSU, please use the links below to register for the appropriate program components.

The programs will be delivered virtually and in person with synchronous and asynchronous components.  All GTAs are strongly encouraged to attend and need to register before August 3, 2022 to receive all materials and to be able to access all relevant modules on the Learning Management System D2L.

  • All new International GTAs (starting in the Fall Semester 2022 or Spring Semester 2023) should also attend the International GTA Orientation (in person) on August 17, 2022 along with the other dates mentioned above.  
  • All new GTAs (domestic and international, starting in the Fall Semester 2022 or Spring Semester 2023) should attend the New GTA Institute on August 18, 2022 (via Zoom) and are also encouraged to attend the Pedagogy Workshops on August 19, 2022.  
  • All GTAs (new and returning) should consider attending the Pedagogy Workshops (in person) on August 19, 2022 which will include best practices in teaching, use of technology tools, and culturally relevant pedagogy among other topics, and some will count toward the Certification in College Teaching  

UPDATE June 29, 2022: Please find the schedule of presentations below!


screen shot from the International Teaching Assistant Orientation Zoom meeting

Screenshot from the International Teaching Assistant Orientation Zoom meeting

Please contact Dr. Stefanie Baier at with any questions regarding the Graduate Teaching Assistant Program.