Welcome to the School of Physics GTA Resources website. As of Fall 2018, this site contains information necessary for GTAs assigned to the Introductory Physics courses (PHYS 2211 and PHYS 2212) in the Matter and Interactions (M&I) and Traditional tracks. In the near-future, additional pages will be created with information about other GTA assignments (e.g., Intro Physics for Living Systems, Honors Physics, upper-division, graduate, etc), as well as more general information about pedagogy and physics education.
- For information about Intro Physics M&I, visit the M&I Pages.
- For information about Intro Physics Traditional, visit the Traditional Pages.
- For CETL 8000 PH1 class info, visit the course Canvas page (Fall 2019, requires gatech login).
General GTA Information
Graduate students in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech are provided financial support in the form of teaching assistantships or research assistantships. While Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) are paid by research funds from individual professors, Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) are paid by the School. Graduate students typically have five semesters of guaranteed GTA support.
A Physics GTA Preparation class (CETL 8000 PH1) is offered every Fall semester for first-time GTAs, which usually means first-year graduate students.
When working as a GTA, a graduate student must register for three credits of PHYS 8997 (audit). First-time GTAs are usually assigned to teach recitations and labs for the Introductory Physics courses; returning GTAs may be assigned to teach recitations or labs for intro physics, recitations or labs for other courses (e.g., Honors Physics), or to grade homework/exams for upper division or graduate courses. The GTA supervisors in the Intro Physics courses are Dr. Ed Greco (M&I), Dr. Martin Jarrio and Dr. Eric Murray (Traditional). In all other cases, the GTA supervisor is the professor for the class to which the GTA was assigned.
The expected GTA workload is, on average, 12-13 hours per week.