Careers and Graduate Teaching Assistantships
All doctoral students awarded a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (or GTA) are ordinarily required to use this opportunity to gain teaching experience. Additionally, students are encouraged to avail themselves of the offerings made available through the Graduate School in order to deepen their pedagogical education. Beginning students will normally serve as Teaching Assistants in one of the four core departments. But depending on background and prior experience with teaching, ASPECT doctoral students on a GTAship may also be assigned by the Program Director and various Department Chairs to teach independent undergraduate courses in one of the four core departments. Normally, students will need to have a minimum of 18 graduate‐level credit hours in one discipline prior to being able to teach in this discipline. In any case, students who expect to seek employment in a particular discipline or across disciplinary fields will be encouraged to gain teaching experience there. ASPECT Ph.D. students are eligible to serve as GTAs in the following departments: History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion and Culture. Based on departmental availability and the student’s own background, ASPECT GTAs may be able to gain teaching experience in more than one discipline during their studies at Virginia Tech.