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Graduate Assistant Training (TA/RA)

The Graduate Assistant Training program is provided for all graduate students who have been hired as either a Teaching Assistant/Associate or Research Assistants/Associate.

Graduate TA/RA Pre-Service Training in Career Edge

Online pre-service training is mandatory for all new TAs and highly recommended for RAs prior to their first day in the classroom or lab and is administered through ASU the Career Edge platform, found on your My ASU (ASUrite ID and password required). Upon assignment of an assistantship by your department, all TAs and RAs will automatically be assigned the Graduate Assistant Training (RA/TA) course in Career Edge containing links to all of the trainings. Please visit career-edge.asu.edu and look in the “My Training” section for this course.

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Trainings that must be completed prior to your first day in the classroom, lab, or student-facing capacity include the following:

  • ASU Information Security Training Refresher
  • Community of Care
  • Consent and Respect
  • FERPA Tutorial for System Access
  • Preventing Discrimination and Harassment at ASU
  • Research and Academic Integrity Tutorial
  • Title IX – Your Duty to Report

*Please note: If you have already completed one or more of the trainings listed above, they may be required again in ASU Career Edge. 

Teaching Assistant Training

The following is provided for all new teaching assistants. If you have been recently assigned an assistantship, please consult with your department to determine which components may be expected.

The TA Training program includes the following:

  • Teaching Assistant Resource Hub (Canvas, available in July 2020 to all new and returning TAs)

  • TA Orientation (required for new teaching assistants)

  • TA Training Lunch-and-Learn Series (available in July 2020 to all new and returning TAs)

For more information about the Graduate Assistant Training program or its components, please contact the Graduate Student Support Resources team at tad-q@asu.edu.

Teaching Assistant Resource Hub

Launching ahead of Fall 2020, the Teaching Assistant Resource Hub is available to all graduate assistants via Canvas. Designed as an online resource guide, the hub includes onboarding checklists, policies and procedures, best practices, asynchronous discussions, videos and webinars organized into nine modules as an introduction to the TA experience, instructional strategies, and classroom management. 

All new graduate assistants will receive access in July.

Teaching Assistant Orientation

During these three interactive panel discussions, new TAs will learn about the various expectations of their new role as well as resources to get a strong start to the semester. New TAs are expected to register for all three sessions. All Fall 2020 Teaching Assistant Orientation sessions will be conducted via Zoom webinar.

Fall 2020 Sessions

Registration for Fall 2020 TA Orientation will be available soon. Sessions will take place virtually on Thursday, August 13. All times are AZ local time. Registration provides access to the following sessions:

Session 1: TA Support in the Classroom and Student Conduct  | 10:30 A.M. to noon

Session 2: Teachable Moments and First-Day Strategies: Tips from Current TAs | 1 - 2:30 P.M. 

Session 3: Faculty Support and Engagement for New TAs | 3 - 4:30 P.M.

TA Training Lunch-and-Learn Series

Launching in August, this series of monthly virtual lunch-and-learn sessions feature panelists from the ASU academic and student affairs communities, mini-workshops, and breakout sessions. Open to all graduate students and support staff, but specifically tailored to enhance the training of new teaching assistants. Registration required.

Creating and Maintaining Inclusive Learning Spaces
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 | 12 - 1 P.M. | Registration info coming soon

Student Success and Wellbeing: Becoming an Advocate for Your Students
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 12 - 1 P.M. | Registration info coming soon

Active Learning Strategies for the (Physical or Virtual) Classroom
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 | 12 - 1 P.M. | Registration info coming soon

All Fall 2020 TA Training Lunch-and-Learn sessions will be held online via Zoom.


For questions specific to the Graduate Assistant Training program contact us at tad-q@asu.edu.