Teaching Assistant Training

  • What: Workshops, courses, and consulting to help graduate student TAs
  • Open to: Duke graduate students
  • When: Throughout the academic year

TA Training Workshops

While graduate departments and programs provide primary training, assessment and support for graduate teaching assistants (TAs), The Graduate School collaborates closely with Duke Learning Innovation and other units across campus to offer additional workshops, consulting and support for TA training across the university.  

Upcoming TA Training Workshops

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Coursework on College Teaching for TAs

GS 750 Fundamentals of College Teaching
The Graduate School's Certificate in College Teaching offers a range of semester-long, credit-bearing courses on pedagogy, technology, diversity, course design and other topics for graduate students with instructional roles or aspirations. One course that may be of particular interest for TAs is GS750 Fundamentals of College Teaching. In this course, graduate students (mainly earlier-year Ph.D. students) will learn how to:

  • clarify TA or instructional responsibilities with faculty mentors;
  • promote active learning in the classroom or lab, lead effective discussions, and design learning activities;
  • use instructional technology; and
  • develop and apply grading criteria appropriately.

Two sections of this course are offered every fall and spring. It meets for an hour and fifteen minutes each week during the term, and students can expect about two hours of work outside of class each week which should directly support and facilitate their TA responsibilities. Enrollment is open to all graduate students and prioritized for students in the CCT program. Permission numbers are available by request (link available on this page during course enrollment periods.) 

Duke TA Training via Coursera 

This Coursera course, developed by the Office of the Provost and Duke Learning Innovation, consists of five online modules that address legal and ethical issues for Duke students with instructional roles:

  • FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 
  • DukeReach: Supporting Students in Distress 
  • Title IX Sexual Misconduct: Reporting is Supporting 
  • Student Disability Access Office: A One-Stop Shop for Accessibility Needs
  • Promoting Academic Integrity: The Duke Community Standard in Action

Teaching & Technology Workshops and Consulting 

Departments, programs, centers, student group and or others who would like to explore additional teaching and instructional technology workshops for graduate students and teaching assistants are welcome to contact:

Hugh Crumley, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Director, Certificate in College Teaching
The Graduate School

Sophia Stone, EdD
Senior Consultant
Duke Learning Innovation & Lifetime Education

Support for International Students


The English for International Students (EIS) program offers semester-long courses on oral communication, academic presentations, and pronunciation that are open to students seeking additional English-language support. For more information, contact: 

Brad L. Teague, PhD
EIS Assistant Dean and Director

International Student Center

Duke's International Student Center offers a variety of trainings and workshops on developing intercultural awareness with topics varying from cross-cultural communication to name pronunciations. With these interactive sessions, we aim to explore ways to respond effectively in (un)familiar circumstances; facilitate authentic conversations and connections; and share tips and suggestions for a continuous learning experience.
International Student Center