New Teaching Assistant Orientation

New Teaching Assistant Orientation


At the start of the fall and spring terms, the University Center for Teaching and Learning hosts an orientation for new Teaching Assistants and Fellows from across campus. The New Teaching Assistant Orientation (NTAO) consists of workshops led by Teaching Center staff and experienced teaching assistants. It is designed to prepare graduate student teachers for their new roles at the University of Pittsburgh, by providing new TAs with the practical skills they will need and familiarizing them with University policies and resources.

Specific schools within the University of Pittsburgh require that graduate/professional students attend NTAO. The Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences requires that all graduate students who will be teaching assistants for the first time at the University of Pittsburgh attend this orientation, except for departments which have been granted an exemption from the Dean’s office. Your school/department will notify you whether your attendance is required. If you are unsure whether you are required to attend, you may contact your departmental graduate administrator or the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative at

To register, you will need your University of Pittsburgh Computing Account Username. If you do not already know it, please contact Computing Services and Systems Development at 412-624-HELP [4357].

Fall New Teaching Assistant Orientation is
Friday, August 24, 2018, from 8:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Location: David Lawrence Hall
Registration: Enroll now for the Fall NTAO (registration begins April 15, 2018)

Fall 2018 New TA Orientation schedule:

8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
8:45 – 9 a.m. Welcome
9 – 9:15 a.m. Introduction to NTAO
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Role of the TA and Getting Started in the Classroom
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Introduction to CourseWeb
10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. Break
11 a.m. – noon Preventing and Monitoring Cheating and Plagiarism
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 – 1:15 p.m. Introduction to Graduate Student Teaching Initiative
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Difficult Situations and Distressed Students