Graduate teaching assistants

The Office for Teaching and Learning (OTL) works with instructors at every career stage to enhance and document their teaching development efforts.  For Wayne State University Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) we offer:


The OTL offers a range of practical workshops on the best practices in teaching and learning specifically for GTAs. For information on upcoming OTL programs for GTAs, visit our Workshops and Events page


The OTL offers GTAs a variety of one-on-one confidential, voluntary consultations on topics such as assessment, diversity, evidence-based learning methods, and instructional technologies.

Teaching Documentation Program

The OTL facilitates the Teaching Documentation Program (TDP), a self-paced program helps prepare graduate students to teach better now and in the future.  It also offers formalized documentation of an individual's teaching development efforts and provides WSU graduates a competitive advantage in future career goals. Included are requirements in theory, assessment, discipline-specific related teaching materials, and diversity. 

Teaching Portfolios

The OTL offers workshops on teaching portfolios (print and digital).  Portfolios are particularly useful for the academic job market and often include a philosophy of teaching statement and selected examples of discipline-related teaching materials. Teaching portfolios can help graduate students articulate their teaching development goals and accomplishments, prepare for job interviews, and formal and informal networking.

Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Grant Program

Additionally, the OTL collaborates with the Graduate School on the implementation of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded BEST Grant program.

GTA Orientation

The WSU Graduate School sponsors the annual GTA Orientation.  The OTL supports participants and observers in gaining the fullest experience from the microteaching module exercises.