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.

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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 2023-24 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 we have the following programs available this year. Please click the links to register and to see all program details!

Please use the links below for more details and to register for the appropriate program components.
NOTE: Registration deadline is July 30, 2023.

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

Additional Teaching Professional Development Opportunities for all Educators at MSU

Register for the 2023 Fall Educator Seminars

Visit iTeach to register and learn about the 2023 Fall Educator Seminars, August 23 - 25. This virtual event features a variety of no-cost trainings and webinars to help MSU educators and staff prepare for the fall semester and beyond.

The seminars will focus on ways to enhance student success and connect to an array of resources including:

  • Intro to classroom technology
  • Navigating AI in the classroom
  • Intro to MSU Libraries
  • Accessibility and blended learning skills
  • Overviews of tools like D2L, Microsoft 365, Teams, and OneDrive
  • And much more! 

The Fall Educator Seminars are developed by MSU IT’s Educational Technology department, MSU IT Training, MSU Libraries, the Enhanced Digital Learning Initiative (EDLI), and the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CTLI).