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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.

2016 GATA Winners

Find out what makes these GAs great teachers.

2015 GATA Winners

Find out what makes these GAs great teachers.

Congratulations to our Graduate Associate Teaching Award Nominees

GATA 2016–17 Nomination Period: TBD

GATA 2016–17 Application Deadline: TBD

Get more information about submitting your GATA application.

Approximately 3,000 graduate students serve as GTAs each year. Ten recipients are selected each year and are awarded $1,500.

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

Eligible GTAs are notified by the Graduate School. Those 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.

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 students 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 portfolio 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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