GTA Resources

Graduate Teaching Assistant Resources

GTA Handbook

GTA Handbook 2016-2017 Edition

Access the policies, procedures, and resources related to working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at UTA.


The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) aspires to enhancing teaching skills, while promoting inclusion and diversity among future STEM university faculty members. The formation of a national faculty devoted to promoting and implementing evidence-based teaching strategies for diverse learners is intended to improve STEM undergraduate education. As a National Science Foundation Center for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, CIRTL was established in 2003. This network now consists of over 40 research universities in the US and Canada. The members of the Network learning community can choose from a variety of online programming offered by CIRTL. Being a graduate student at UTA enables you to become a part of this network free of cost and participate in various workshops and activities. You can learn more about the CIRTL-UTA program here.


The goal of the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence (CRTLE) is to engage faculty in research-based practices that innovate and enhance their teaching practices, leading to observable and measurable advances in student learning. To meet the complex intellectual, social, and emotional needs of students in today’s advanced technological world, CRTLE focuses on teaching and learning breakthroughs in both online and on-campus environments. CRTLE aims to improve university teaching, including teaching done by UTA graduate students. Read more about current activities at CRTLE.

Outside Reading Resources

"Advice for Your First Year as a Teaching Assistant," Stephanie Shipp. University of Nebraska Office of Graduate Studies. September 9, 2014.

"From the Students' View: Advice for TAs," Teaching Forum. Fall 1998. 

"Grad Students Should Co-Teach," Anna Castillo. Inside Higher Ed. April 5, 2016.

"First Time Teaching," Gradhacker. May 16, 2017.

"Tips for the First-Time Graduate Student Instructor," Shelia M. Kennison, Rachel H. Messer and C. Daniel Hornyik. Observer. Vol. 26, No. 3. March, 2013.

Human Resources FAQ

When students are hired as GTA’s and GRA’s what steps do they need to take with Human Resources? 

GTA’s and GRA’s need to attend an Employee Records/Benefit Information Session, which are set up for times in August and September for the Fall Semester and times in January for the Spring Semester.

During the session, they will be informed of all of the benefits they will have for having a GRA/GTA title and they will complete all New Employee Paperwork needed to get them in the system and satisfy the federal, state and university compliance rules. These sessions are held at the J.D. Wetsel Service Center, 1221 W. Mitchell, Room 200. 

 For more information on Employee Records/Benefit Information Sessions click here.