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].

Spring New Teaching Assistant Orientation is
Friday, January 5, 2018, from 8:15 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Location: David Lawrence Hall, Room 209
Registration: Enroll now for the Spring NTAO (registration begins Nov. 1, 2017)

Spring 2018 New TA Orientation schedule:

8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
LAWRN Lobby (1st floor)
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
LAWRN 209 (2nd floor)
10:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. Break
11 a.m. – noon Preventing and Monitoring Cheating and Plagiarism
LAWRN 209 (2nd floor)
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
LAWRN 209 (2nd floor)