Launched in fall 2016 by the University Center for Teaching and Learning, the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative offers a variety of resources to prepare graduate students to meet their teaching goals and responsibilities from the first day of class through the job search process.
The New Teaching Assistant Orientation introduces the basic information needed for classroom success to graduate students in their first term as a teaching assistant at Pitt. Information, training opportunities, and support are also available throughout the year. Resources and information are available online, and workshops designed to help you obtain and hone practical skills to enhance teaching are offered throughout the year. These workshops are open to all faculty, staff, and students, but are specifically tailored to the needs and experience levels of teaching assistants.
In response to graduate student requests for a program that will allow them to develop and demonstrate their teaching skills and commitment to teaching, the Teaching Center also offers a TA Services Achievement in Pedagogy Badge program.