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 Graduate Teaching Assistants for Spring 2022

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 review the information below and participate in the D2L course and sessions listed:

  1. Self-enroll in the D2L (Desire 2 Learn, MSU’s Learning Management System) by clicking this link Graduate Teaching Assistant Preparation Program 2021using your MSU NetID and password. Please complete all NGTAI Modules and others as these apply to you.
  2. We are offering two Zoom sessions on January 5, 2022 that will help you to respond to issues. Please see the flyer attached to participate in Responding to Student Wellbeing Concerns (11:00 am - noon) and Academic Dishonesty Prevention and Intervention (1:00 pm - 2:30 pm). For details please click here.
  3. Creating a Syllabus for Student Success
  4. Active Shooter and Emergency Response training on January 7, 2022, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am with Lt. Dan Munford. (Zoom registration link)
  5. If your are an International Graduate Teaching Assistant please also check out this page for more information.

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 GTA@grd.msu.edu with any questions regarding the Graduate Teaching Assistant Program.