Graduate Teaching Orientation

The AU21 Graduate Teaching Orientation will be held online the week of Aug. 16, 2021. 
Details will be posted on this page as they become available. 

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The Graduate Teaching Orientation is an annual event designed specifically for new Ohio State Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAs) to reduce anxieties, provide techniques and strategies for effective teaching and suggest resources for further assistance.

By the end of orientation, participants should feel more confident about teaching their upcoming courses, be connected with a community of fellow teachers, know how to incorporate techniques and strategies for effective teaching and identify resources for further assistance, and be able to articulate how diversity impacts teaching and learning in their classrooms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Teaching Orientation for?

The orientation is intended for all graduate students who are new to teaching at Ohio State or to their particular assignments. This includes first-year GTAs (graduate teaching associates), GTAs who are not new to Ohio State but are teaching here for the first time, or GTAs who have taught at Ohio State in a different context and are starting a new type of assignment (e.g., a former grader will now be teaching an independent course). Even if your teaching appointment does not start immediately, you are welcome to attend. You may also attend more than once.

Please note: While new faculty members are welcome to attend, the Office of Academic Affairs sponsors an orientation specifically for new faculty members. We encourage new faculty members to attend the faculty orientation, but you may supplement that orientation with sessions from ours if you so choose.

Who will my fellow participants be?

There are generally around 500-600 participants in the Teaching Orientation across 50-60 departments, coming from a diverse array of backgrounds. In 2018, roughly 50% of the participants had taught before, either in a college setting or elsewhere, while the other participants had no former teaching experience. About 30% of participants were international students. The GTAs who come through the Teaching Orientation teach in a broad variety of teaching contexts and programs across the university.

One of the most unique and perhaps rewarding aspects of the orientation is that you will spend the majority of the two-day Introduction to Teaching and Learning sequence with the same small group of people (about 15-30 people). These small groups will be made up of people who are in the same teaching context as you, and they will generally be from departments similar to your own. Although we will be presenting the material remotely this year, synchronous sessions will offer an opportunity to interract with your colleagues and share thoughts, ideas and questions. 


Do I need to register if my department already submitted my name?

Yes. You still need to fill out the registration form. You will not be registered if you do not fill out this form.

What is a “teaching context”? Why do I have to choose one?

There are many different ways that instructors might interact with students. You may teach in an independent course, or you may be one of several teachers working in a team. You may teach in the studio, lab, or clinical setting, or work one-on-one with students in independent study courses.

It is important that you determine the context in which you will be teaching before you register because it will help us put you in the appropriate Introduction to Teaching and Learning session. These sessions are designed to address the kinds of teaching concerns that are most likely to arise for particular kinds of teaching. By signing up for a particular teaching context, you make sure that you will learn the skills most applicable to your own teaching experience.

I registered but need to cancel. What should I do?

Just contact us and let us know you cannot attend. If your department has required you to attend orientation, you should contact your department to let them know you can’t be there. Your department may make alternate arrangements for you to receive the training you need.

I missed registration. May I still attend orientation?

Yes, you may. Please contact us at for more information. 

I don’t have my Ohio State email address yet. May I still register?

Yes, you may use an alternate email address. However, it makes the registration process much simpler for us if you use your OSU email address, so please find it out ahead of time, if possible. You might try searching for your name in our university directory.


How will I get my schedule?

You will receive a schedule and all other information via email at the address you provided on your registration form. Updates about programming will be sent via email and will be posted on our website at