GTA / GRA / GA

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA), Graduate Research Assistant (GTA), and Graduate Assistant (GA) positions are administered by individual graduate programs. Ask your graduate program about these opportunities and scan the Jobs at KU listings for opportunities outside of your graduate program.

UPDATE: The Center for Teaching Excellence will offer remote office hours for GTA's from March 16-27 daily, from 11 AM-1PM. Office hours can be used to discuss any questions or concerns GTA's may have about transitioning their GTA Duties onliine. Sign up for office hours here, check out the resources that have been made available about teaching remotely, and contact KColyott@ku.edu with any questions.


New Semester Break Procedures for GTAs

During the 2018 renegotiation of the Memorandum of Agreement between the University of Kansas and the Graduate Teaching Assistants' Coalition (GTAC), KU committed to managing the storage of student work that does not get returned to students. Departments should arrange to collect from GTAs any un-returned student work and store it in a central, department space (Article 5, Section 2b, p. 7). GTAs should return student work no later than thirty (30) days after the deadline for turning in course grades.

KU has also committed that departments will make arrangements for GTAs to obtain free classroom texts unless the GTA is responsibel for designing their own course (Article 8, Section 1, p. 16).


New GTA Orientation: Mandatory for all New GTAs

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) play an integral role at KU. All new GTAs must complete a mandatory New GTA Orientation offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence or an approved alternative New GTA Orientation offered by their hiring department. Information on the date and location for the CTE New GTA Orientation can be found by referring to the New GTA Orientation Flyer. On this website, you can also locate additional resources useful to GTAs in working with students.

All students appointed as GTAs for the first time on the Lawrence campus must complete all components of the New GTA Orientation during their first semester of teaching.The University's new GTA preparation program will continue to be offered in three parts—all virtual for Spring 2021:

1. Online Tutorial

  • Between January 11 and 31, new GTAs must complete an online tutorial, available through Blackboard.
  • The tutorial gives new GTAs an opportunity to learn about and demonstrate their understanding of KU policies and procedures related to teaching, the professional expectations the University has of new GTAs, and academic integrity.
  • New GTAs will be notified of the tutorial’s availability through an email message via Blackboard.
  • Questions about access or the content of the questions should be directed to Kaila Colyott at kcolyott@ku.edu.

2. Remote New GTA Conference:

  • CTE Remote Conference will introduce you to best practices and provide examples of excellence in teaching.
  •  GTAs will complete the CTE Remote Conference Modules in Blackboard.
  • Modules for the conference will be divided into Teaching Essentials (available January 18, due January 31) and Breakouts (available January 25, due February 5). In addition, we are hosting a live Zoom Welcome Session on January 25, 1 – 2:30 PM CT. 
  • ALL GTAs are required to complete the Essential Modules and Breakout modules unless your department has provided an alternative.
  • GTAs in some departments are exempt from the CTE Remote Conference and the New GTA Follow-up Session (described below). New GTAs in the departments of Communication Studies, French & Italian, English, and Geology should complete the Policy Tutorial above but complete an approved alternative orientation provided by their department instead of the CTE Remote Conference and New GTA Follow-up Session offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence. GTAs in all other departments must complete all three requirements (Policy Tutorial, Remote Conference, and Follow-up Session) in addition to any departmental training sessions required by their hiring departments. In either case, students must complete their mandatory training by the end of their second full month of working as GTAs. See the table below for requirements of departments that have exemptions.

GTAs teaching in departments with alternative GTA trainings need to complete:

Policy Tutorial CTE Remote Conference

Orientation in hiring department

CTE

Follow-up

Session

Communication Studies Yes No Yes No
English Yes No Yes No
French & Italian Yes

Yes; Spring semesters only

Yes; Fall semesters only

Yes;

Spring

semester

only

Geology Yes No Yes No
Physics & Astronomy Yes No Yes No

 

3. Follow-up Seminars:

  • In February and early March, CTE will offer remote, synchronous follow-up seminars for new GTAs. These sessions will allow participants to study teaching in more depth, after they have had some experience in the classroom.
  • New GTAs will receive information about the seminars via email.
  • Like the conference and online tutorial, participation at the follow-ups is mandatory, and Graduate Studies reviews records of completion for all parts of the new GTA program.

Tutorial Resources

The GTA Tutorial Resources are available to new GTAs prior to their first semester teaching as part of the New GTA Training. The resources link you to information you will need to understand as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at the University of Kansas. The resources are organized into four major segments: Privacy and Disability Information, Consenting Relationships and Sexual Harassment, Professional Expectations, and Academic Integrity.

The Privacy and Disability segment of the resources covers handling of student information including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the privacy, confidentiality & release of student records. This segment also covers student disabilities. The Consenting Relationships and Sexual Harassment segment of the resources covers information related to sexual harassment and consenting relationships. The Professional Expectations segment of the resources addresses anticipated and unanticipated GTA absences, campus emergencies, and evacuation of buildings during exams. Additional topics include warning signs & reactions to workplace violence, as well as the presence of weapons on campus. Also briefly covered under this topic is inclusive teaching practices. The Academic Integrity segment covers cheating, plagiarism, disruptive class behavior & other academic and scholarly misconduct.

Absences

If you think you may not be able to attend the session you are assigned to, please notify your department immediately. Failure to complete all components of the mandatory training will make a student ineligible to hold any GTA appointment during that semester or in the future. Department Chairs wishing to submit a petition on behalf of a new GTA should contact Amber Roberts Graham for more information.


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