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Working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant Toolkit

A new training resource open to Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) at Wilfrid Laurier University provides access to practical information and resources to help the graduate student community navigate and succeed in their role.

The Working as a GTA toolkit is available to Laurier teaching assistants through self-registration on MyLearningSpace.

Filled with role-specific details, guidance and useful resources, this toolkit will help GTAs learn more about their important role on campus and in the classroom.

The relationship between GTAs and their faculty supervisors should be mutually beneficial and rewarding. This toolkit explores the responsibilities of both the GTA and faculty supervisor in the employment relationship.

These training modules include recommendations about the format of the introductory meeting with faculty supervisors and ongoing meetings and support.

The toolkit also includes information regarding performance expectations, relevant employment legislation to be aware of and university policies and supports.

A self-test and links to additional supports conclude the training.

By the end of the training, GTAs should be able to:

  • Describe GTA and faculty supervisor responsibilities and expectations.
  • Identify the purpose of GTA and faculty supervisor meetings.
  • Observe employment rules and regulations.

This new resource was developed alongside the Working with a GTA toolkit for course instructors, lab technicians and lab instructors. Both toolkits were created by Teaching and Learning in collaboration with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Human Resources and the office of the Vice-President: Academic.

Those interested in completing this training register using the Self Registration function on MyLearningSpace.