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Graduate Associate Teaching Award

The Graduate Associate Teaching Award is Ohio State’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students serving as Graduate Teaching Associates.

Please reference the Fellowship Services Calendar for associated deadlines

Information for nominees

The recipients of the GATA are awarded $2,000 for their accomplishments and honored at the Graduate School Awards Ceremony.

Any Ohio State student (undergraduate, graduate, or professional), faculty, or staff member may nominate a GTA. Graduate students are also encouraged to nominate themselves. The selection committee does not know how a nominee was nominated so self-nominated students are not at a disadvantage.

Eligible nominees are notified by the Graduate School. Those who wish to compete must prepare a GATA application packet for review by the GATA selection committee.

The selection committee is comprised of the Graduate School's Award Committee (faculty representing the range of graduate programs), Council of Graduate Students representatives, and previous GATA winners. The committee reviews all submissions and selects the award recipients.

Eligible Nominees

  • Must have been appointed as a Graduate Teaching Associate and must have taught at least one full semester as a GTA
  • Must have met the requirements for holding a Graduate Associate appointment during the semester they taught as a GTA
  • Can be from any graduate program or department
  • Must be a current student and must have a GPA of 3.0 or better at the time of nomination
  • Previous GATA award winners are not eligible

Selection Criteria

The GATA awards committee recognizes that the range of responsibilities and activities undertaken by GTAs are dependent upon the context in which they teach. No context is valued over another.

The GATA selection committee reviews each application packet to evaluate the nominee's ability to facilitate student learning and to evaluate and improve their own teaching.

The committee looks for evidence that the nominee excels in carrying out the responsibilities associated with their GTA appointment.

  • Ability to stimulate thinking and develop understanding among students
  • Use of varied teaching techniques appropriate to students and course content
  • Superior organizational skills in relation to course development and management
  • Excellent knowledge of and enthusiasm for course subject matter
  • Resourcefulness in presenting course material
  • Willingness and ability to solicit and reflect on feedback about teaching and to implement changes for improvement
  • Ability to demonstrate that their courses resulted in significant student learning
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