Graduate Associate Teaching Award

The Graduate Associate Teaching Award (GATA) is the university’s highest recognition of the exceptional teaching provided by graduate students at Ohio State. Award winners receive $1,500 and are recognized at the annual Graduate School awards reception.


Information for nominees


If you are unable to access the nomination form, you are welcome to nominate by email to Simply include the name of the GTA you are nominating. Self-nominations are also welcome. 

Information for applicants

Guidelines for portfolio submission

Applicant Information Sheet (If the page fails to load correctly, please download the form by right-clicking on the link and choosing 'Save Link As...')

Award process
  • Nominations for the GATA are solicited from students, peers, faculty, and staff. Graduate students can also nominate themselves for this award. Nominations are reviewed by the Graduate School for eligibility. Eligible GTAs are then notified and invited to submit an application. Eligible nominees who wish to compete must prepare a GATA application portfolio 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 10 award recipients.
 Award eligibility
  • An eligible nominee must have been appointed as a Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA) and must have taught at least one (1) full semester as a Graduate Teaching Associate (GTA).
  • Nominees may be from any graduate program or department.
  • The nominee must have met the requirements for holding a "Graduate Associate" appointment during the semester they taught as a GRA. (see the Graduate School Handbook) The GATA awards committee recognizes that the range of responsibilities and activities undertaken by GRAs are dependent upon the context in which they teach.
  • The nominee 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

Each nominee's application portfolio is reviewed holistically by the GATA selection committee to evaluate the nominee's ability to facilitate student learning and to reflect, evaluate, and improve their own teaching. The committee looks for evidence of the following:

  • 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 course content and students
  • 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

Questions can be directed to Kathleen Wallace, assistant dean, or Ben Reder, program assistant, at (614) 247-7300.

Need help?

Contact staff members in the Graduate School using the staff directory, or call (614) 292-6031.

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