Allison Hutchison explains how she uses Poll Everywhere as a way to engage her students during the Spring 2019 VT GrATE Teach-In.

All Virginia Tech (VT) graduate students are eligible to become involved in the Academy and participate in its initiatives. The Academy is open to all graduate students from all VT campus locations. There are three student categories of Academy membership: Member of Learning Community for GTA Excellence (Member) and advancement into the Academy as Associate, and Fellow.

Members of the Learning Community are graduate students who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning. Members are graduate students who have no or limited experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Associates are graduate students who have at least one semester of teaching experience* at VT and/or participated in curriculum development. Fellows are graduate students have more than two semesters of teaching experience* at VT and/or curriculum development and outstanding teaching evaluations. (*Teaching experience includes GTA assignments, volunteer GTA positions, instructor for summer programs, First Year Experience courses, Learning/Learning communities courses, adjunct positions and other pertinent activity.)

Academy members must have a commitment to the importance of teaching, creating inclusive learning environments, and improving educational experiences of students in their classrooms and learning environments. The benefits of membership include access to Academy programs and functions, mentoring by Academy Faculty Scholars, interaction with colleagues, and more. Responsibilities vary by member type and include participation in Academy functions, serving as a peer mentor, active engagement in the GRAD 5004 GTA Workshop, contribution to the VT GTA Forum (, and more.

Virginia Tech faculty and postdoctoral scholars will be invited to participate in the Academy by serving as Academy Faculty Scholars. Nominations for Academy Faculty Scholar will be sought from the Academy for Teaching Excellence (ATE) and the Diggs Teaching Scholars. VT faculty not associated with ATE or Diggs will also be invited to apply as Academy Faculty Scholars. Academy Faculty Scholars (AFS) will be asked to serve as mentors, serve on the Academy selection committee, and assist with other responsibilities and activities.