Inductees pose, holding their certificates with Dean DePauw. The in-person group is gathered around a smart TV that holds our virtual attendees via Zoom.
Spring Social and Induction Ceremony 2021

Welcome to the Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (GrATE). We hope that we can be of help to your teaching as a resource and mentorship program. Feel free to look around and join us in learning what teaching excellence means.

Interested in getting involved? See our Events page for ways to connect with the Academy, or send us a message through this link!

The Fall 2021/Spring 2022 program manager is Jonilda Bahja jonildab@vt.edu. Please feel free to reach out to her with questions regarding the Academy.


Fall Application Cycle Opens August 16!

If you are interested in joining GrATE, we will have another application cycle in the first few weeks of the Fall ’21 semester from August 16-September 20.

Application requirements are in the “Membership” tab on the menu, where you can then navigate to “Member,” “Associate,” or “Fellow” depending on which level of membership you are interested in applying for. If you need teaching evaluations, please connect with us for Peer Observation and we can help.

Have questions about the application? No worries, you can either email the program manager or submit a question to the Ask A Fellow form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.


Guidelines for supporting Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) for Fall 2020

Graduate students are an integral part of the teaching community at Virginia Tech, and their well-being should be given consideration equal to that of any other instructor in the planning and execution of courses. Accordingly, GrATE with help from the Fall Teaching and Learning Working Group has prepared the following recommendations to support Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) in the conduct of their duties during the fall 2020 semester.

Guidelines for supporting GTAs (PDF)


GrATE Survey Report is released

GrATE conducted a survey of graduate student teaching needs, concerns, and interests for Fall 2020. Responses were accepted from June 19, 2020 to July 10, 2020. Overall we received 204 responses from graduate students across all of the Virginia Tech campuses.

Many thanks to all of our GrATE colleagues who contributed to this report (PDF).

The complete set of responses to the questions are available on Qualtrics.