Graduate Teaching Assistantship Program (GTAP)

GTAP was launched in 2002 to inform newly-appointed Graduate Assistants (GAs) on GW policy, University resources and teaching strategies. The GTAP is offered in the Fall and Spring and required for all first time graduate assistants. While the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) oversees the GTAP, OGSAF does not appoint GAs. Students are nominated directly to the program by departments and/or schools/colleges

(If you are a professor intending to appoint a Graduate Assistant, please contact your Chair or DGS for information on the nomination process.)

Graduate Assistantships are opportunities to learn by doing; to learn how to present yourself and stimulate learning as a professor or trainer, to learn how to do cutting-edge research, and to learn how to work effectively and as a team member.

Components of the GTAP are to support and contribute to a first-time graduate assistant. Note that newly-appointed GAs enrolled in the GTAP will receive a GTAP Welcome Letter, including information regarding:

The GTAP online orientation is asynchronous and held during the summer and winter break. The Orientation's goals are to:

  • Identify university resources that Graduate Assistants can consult for questions about their responsibilities, instructional continuity, interacting with students (both in-person and virtually), and educational technology.
  • Inform GAs on their legal requirements regarding Title IX and Disability Services.
  • Advise GAs on the university's service expectations.
  • Communicate to GAs about the payment process (salary, stipend, tuition) and the available resources.
  • Identify the broad responsibilities of a university instructor.
  • Impart on GAs new to GW to research-based higher education teaching and learning principles.
  • Expose GAs to grading practices.

If you are a non-native English-speaking Graduate Assistant (GA), you must participate in an Oral English Proficiency Screening (OEPS) via the GWU Speech and Hearing Clinic (2115 G Street NW).

The online course is a credit/no-credit course that is not counted towards a student's degree or GPA and is free of charge to teaching assistants. 

Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9): The I-9  process is required by the federal government for all employees new to GW. For questions on the process, the I-9, or required documentation, email [email protected] or call (202) 994-8500. 

Background Check: A background check is required for all graduate students who are GAs for the first time. Details on the background check are included in the GTAP Welcome Letter.

Health Insurance: Graduate Assistants are eligible for the mandatory rate. Graduate Assistants who are fully funded are additionally eligible for a student health related payment/stipend towards the cost of the plan.

GA Payments, Sick Time and General Award Information: All Graduate Assistants (GAs) are paid a graduate salary. Some GAs also receive stipend fellowships and/or tuition fellowships. Graduate Assistants must refer to their award letter for this information.

If you have any questions about the GTAP, please email the program*. We look forward to assisting you in realizing the full potential of your Graduate Assistantship at the George Washington University!

*(The GTAP does not appoint Graduate Assistants, this occurs at the School/College/Departmental level.)