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].

The next New Teaching Assistant Orientation will be held
January 4, 2019 in Alumni Hall, room 532.
Register for the Spring Orientation.

If you are requesting a make-up session prior to January, please contact the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative directly at or (412) 383-7152.

Spring 2019 New TA Orientation schedule:

8:15 – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 – 9 a.m. Breakfast and Facilitated Discussion
9 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome from Vice Provost for Graduate Studies & Introduction to NTAO
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Role of the TA
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Getting Started in the Classroom
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch & Title IX
12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Intro to the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative & Introduction to CourseWeb
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Preventing and Monitoring Cheating & Plagiarism
1:45 – 2 p.m. Break
2 – 3:30 p.m. Difficult Situations and Distressed Students