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.

Attention new Spring 2023 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 check out the Virtual Lunch and Learn Sessions every other Wednesday on our calendar (orange boxes). If you did not attend the 2022-23 fall GTA preparation programs please enroll in our 2022-23 Graduate Teaching Assistant Preparation D2L course to familiarize yourself with content, policies, and resources to make you successful in your new role. Please use your MSU NetID to enroll.

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!

Mark your calendars! GTA preparation program registration opens April 15, 2023!

Graduate Teaching Assistant Preparation 2023-24 Save the Date! International Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation 8-15-23, New Graduate Teaching Assistant Institute 8-16-23, Pedagogy Workshops 8-23-23. Registration opens April 15, 2023

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