Graduate Teaching Assistant Training

Twice a year The Graduate School will host a GTA training. If you are not able to attend, or if you would like to have more information to help you in your transition from being purely a student, to a graduate teacher - please review some of this information below. 

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Speaker, Topic and Video from previous Orientations


What Graduate Students Need to Know about Learning, Memory and Development

Presenters: Carrie B. Myers, Anna Zelaya, and Catherine M. Johnson


Contact Information:

– Carrie B. MyersL
– Anna Zelaya:
– Catherine Johnson:

Information on the College Teaching Certificate

Academic Misconduct and Beyond

The student conduct process at MSU is an educational and developmental process that balances the interests of individual students with the interests of the academic community. As a GTA, you should read and know the Code of Student Conduct. All studes are required to uphold and abide by certain standards of conduct that form the basis of the Code of Student Conduct.  The link to the side will take you to the Code, and provide additional information that can help you as as a GTA.

Presenter:  Dr. Matt Caires, Dean of Students

Student Welfare

As a GTA, you are now interacting with many students on a given day.  Because of this, you may be the first person that could notice a student in distress. You can have a profound affect on students when you openly acknowledge that you are aware of their distress, are sincerely concerned about their welfare, and are willing to help them explore options.  Whenever possible, we encourage you to speak directly and honestly to students if you sense academic or personal distress. To learn how, please look at the link to the right.  If you have questions, you can always call the main office.  There is a 24 hour hotline!

Presenter: Dr. Aaron Grusonik, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Welfare

Technology in the Classroom

There is many different tools that can be used within a classroom to make teaching your subject interesting and interactive for both you and your students. Review the PDF and learn about some of them used in classrooms today.

Presenter: Dr. Chris Bahn, Chemistry/Biochemistry, 


Brightspace (also called: D2L)

All courses that exist in Banner each semester are automatically created in this platform, so if you login you can find your course offering online and use it to teach your course. 

You may have used D2L/Brightspace as a student, but this training is intended to teach you how to use it as an instructor.  You can present content, create discussions, conduct quizzes, submit grades, and more.

Presenter: Ryan Storment, Instructional Technology Specialist


NOTE: Use Firefox or Chrome when in Brightspace LE (formally known as D2L)

Overview of the Collective Bargaining Agreement 

What is the Collective Bargaining Agreement and what does it mean for you. As a new GTA or GRA, you should read the website and review the PowerPoint to the right.  If you have forms you would like to drop off, please go to the second floor of Montana Hall or contact Deb Barkley. 

Presenter: Deb Barkley, Manager Academic HR. or 406.994.2894


Effective Grading Practices & Strategies
Why do we test/grade students? How can you use some best practices to learn what your students know before, during and after your time with them.  Dr. Kelting-Gibson presented ways to assess students as they learn, with an interactive presentation which guided GTA's on how to use these strategies in thier classrooms.

Presenter: Lynn Kelting-Gibson, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Education

Active Learning Techniques

What is Active Learning? This is a process that engages students in the process of learning through activities and/or discussion in class, as opposed to passively listening to an expert. Review the PowerPoint to learn how to possibly use this method in your classroom.

Presenter: Tracy A.O. Dougher, Ph.D., Department Head, College of Agriculture,

Understanding and Working with Millennial’s: 

This presentation was purely geared to understanding how Millennials may differ in a classroom, as opposed to other generations.  As a GTA, you will be faced with a variety of ages within your classrooms, and understanding the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) nuances of the genrations can help you in your new journey as a GTA.

Presenter: Dr. Matt Caires, Dean of Students

Video: Working with Millennial's 

Effective Teaching Strategies for Face-to-Face and Online Learning:

Becoming an effective teacher takes time; it is not something learned overnight.  Ms. Johnson presentend on many different methods that has helped her teach both online and face to face courses.

Presenter: Catherine Johnson , M.A., Adjunct Instructor Northern Plains Transition to Teaching, Doctoral Candidate - Adult and Higher Education

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Video: Effective Teaching

Safe Zone Training: 

The mission of Safe Zone at MSU is to promote an inviting and inclusive environment that is emotionally and physically safe for LGBTQIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, questioning) students, faculty, and staff. This is achieved through (1) increasing awareness and education about LGBTQIQ identity, (2) developing and expanding MSU’s network of LGBTQIQ allies as well as increasing visibility of designated ally Safe Zones on campus, and (3) decreasing individual and institutional heterosexism. 

Presenter: Mariah Hill, Psy.D., Diversity Coordinator, Counseling & Psychological Services

Video: Safe Zone

Teaching Styles: 

There is not one way to teach a group or individual.  Graduate students Ms. Tammy Stewart and Ms. Lindsey Jackson give you some high points to using various strategies of teaching to help you in your new journey.



Classroom Assessment:
Time Management in Graduate School

Understanding time management is critical as a student, faculty and in your career.  Dr. Richards presented information on this worthwile topic.  See information to the right.

Presenter: Abigail Richards, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering,

The Do’s & Don’ts of Being a GTA 

So now you are a GTA; what does that mean?  Each fall and spring, The G.S. asks Anders to come and speak on this topic, which covers everything from how to introduce yourself (i.e., being relevant w/out going 'to far') to how to be a successful in your teaching and grading practices.  

Presenter: Anders Larsson, Adj. Asst. Prof., C.E.


Video: Do's & Don'ts