The Graduate Teaching Associates (GTA) program is designed to foster the next generation of great teachers. The program will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to motivate and engage with students, embed active learning practices into their teaching, manage group dynamics, give and receive feedback, and design assessment and evaluation. The program runs across four months, for each semester, respectively between March and June, for semester 1, and between August and November, for semester 2.

The program will develop understanding and skills regarding:

  • Developing a Teaching Philosophy
  • Lesson planning
  • Motivating and engaging with students
  • Managing group dynamics
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Assessment, marking and moderation
  • Face-to-face teaching and active teaching strategies
  • E-learning and technological aids
  • Case-based and problem-based learning
  • UQ policies regarding teaching & learning
  • Engage in peer review and educational evaluation

Benefits for lecturers who wish to support their teaching staff:

  • Provision of high quality, high impact teaching relief for teaching and research academics
  • Support with the increasing student cohort size
  • Response to the need for succession planning and the “future community of the discipline”
  • Extra resources to help with integration of knowledge and use of new technologies.

Benefits for tutors:

  • Development of knowledge and skills to advance in their future teaching careers
  • Award of a Graduate Teaching Associates Certificate and updating of My Aurion profile
  • Development of a portfolio to evidence teaching experience
  • Recognition as an Associate Fellow of HEA (Higher Education Academy)

What is involved?

The GTA program is made up of 3 compulsory face-to-face workshops and 4 online modules across four months. Participation in these, including submission of assessment by the set deadline, and development of the required portfolio is necessary to reach graduation. The timeline below details the components within the program. It’s open twice a year (once per semester) and it’s capped at 50 participants per semester.

Who can apply?

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • Be a university graduate with a desire to teach in Higher Education
  • Have completed a formal program of tutor training such as Tutors@UQ
  • Have considerable experience tutoring
  • Have a tutoring position confirmed for the relevant semester
  • Have access to a teaching and learning academic who can be their mentor
  • Have the time to complete the program (e.g. no long overseas absences; not writing up their thesis in case of PhD students).

Please note that if you do not meet these criteria, your application may not be approved. If you have any questions regarding your suitability, please contact itali@uq.edu.au to discuss your options.

What is expected of participants?

Program participants are expected to:

  • attend three workshops hosted by the teaching team
  • complete four online modules – along with relevant quizzes & practical implementation activities
  • observe and reflect upon three teaching sessions delivered by academics
  • attend professional development activities delivered to academics in the faculty
  • receive mentoring
  • Commit to develop the final portfolio

Participants must commit to spend, at minimum, two hours per week engaging in components of the program.

How much does the program cost?

There is no cost involved for UQ tutors participating in the GTA program.

2018 GTA Program

Submit your application here.

All applicants for the 2018 Semester 1 will be informed of the outcome of their application by Monday 26 February, 2018. Details regarding Semester 2 will become available at a later date. 

GTA 2018 Program coordinator: Associate Professor Pedro Isaias