Welcome to the Virginia Tech Graduate Academy for Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE). 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.
Spring 2021 Application Cycle Open!
Ready to apply? Please submit your application packet here.
Faculty may submit their recommendations through this link.
Application-related questions may be directed to Jonilda Bahja or Sara Lamb (email@example.com). You may also leave us a message here.
Applications close on February 21 (Sunday) at midnight.
The requirements for the three levels of membership and additional information (i.e., member, associate, and fellow) are here.
Spring 2021 Fellows Co-Working Hours
The Fellows hold open co-working hours for community members to come and chat about issues and best practices in teaching and learning. Feel free to bring a syllabus or philosophy statement along for feedback.
Register for access to the Zoom link and full schedules:
- Alternating Mondays, starting February 2 from 1-2 pm. Register here.
- Every Wednesday from 4-5 pm. Register here.
- Alternating Thursdays, starting February 4 from 12-1 pm. Register here.
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, the Virginia Tech Graduate Academy of Teaching Excellence (VTGrATE) with help from the Fall Teaching and Learning Working Group have prepared the following recommendations to support Graduate
Teaching Assistants (GTAs) in the conduct of their duties during the fall 2020 semester.
VTGrATE Survey Report is released
VTGrATE 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 VTGrATE colleagues who contributed to this report (PDF).
The complete set of responses to the questions are available on Qualtrics.