At the Center for Teaching Excellence, we recognize the vital contribution that Graduate
Teaching Assistants make to the University's goals and instructional mission. We offer
numerous resources to help you develop your teaching abilities, learn strategies for
effective teaching, and explore new classroom instruction techniques.
University GTA/IA Teaching Requirements
The Graduate School and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation
standards require that all graduate students who will be newly appointed Teaching
or Instructional Assistants (GTA/IAs) must participate in a two-part training program
that includes: 1) TA Orientation, and 2) GRAD 701, USC's Teaching Assistant Development
For graduate students and post-docs who want to become faculty members at the college
level, the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is designed to assist participants
in identifying and accomplishing key professional development activities related to
becoming a future faculty member. The PFF program at USC is administered through a
partnership between the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Graduate School.
CTE is committed to planning and implementing professional development programming
for GTA/IAs. Graduate student workshops and events are specifically designed to address
challenges unique to being a graduate teaching assistant.
For questions concerning GTA/IA training, contact Dr. Michelle L. Hardee, Program
Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-777-1975.