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Engage Program: Undergraduate Teaching Support

By the numbers - Pamplin Engage Undergraduate TA fall 2022 cohort

  • 194 TA positions (up from 111 in fall 2020)
    • Supporting 98 faculty
    • Teaching 87 courses
    • Across all Pamplin majors
    • With support from 4 corporate sponsors


Building on the successes of the 2020-21 and 2021-22 program years, the Pamplin Engage Undergraduate TA Program has returned for the 2022-23 academic year.

The program’s undergraduate teaching assistants (UTAs) are partnering with 100 Pamplin faculty to deliver a range of academic support functions, including hosting office hours, assisting with Canvas course management, grading, creating and updating assignments, and facilitating group discussions.

Moreover, the UTAs offer pathways for their fellow undergraduate students to get more engaged in subject material and in academic life. As demonstrated throughout the last two years, this unique peer-to-peer dynamic has been a key factor in boosting office hours utilization and spurring more productive classroom and online discussions. It is also helping enhance the effectiveness of course materials and instruction by offering another conduit for capturing student feedback throughout the semester.

Concurrently, the UTAs are deepening their lifelong skills around mentoring, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking throughout the program. Their professional and personal growth is also boosted through the program’s ongoing training workshops and specialized networking opportunities with industry-leading program sponsors.

This program would not be possible without the generousity of our sponsors: BDO, RSM, Kearney and Company, and Cohn Reznick. Pamplin is accepting sponsorships again as this program is continuing for both in person and online classes. 

Pamplin Engage Fall 2022 Cohort September kickoff event.


Pamplin recognizes the value of its undergraduate students in supporting teaching, learning, and engagement inside and outside the classroom. In the Pamplin Engage Program, UTAs work alongside faculty to support instruction, discussion, and grading, offering more “hands on deck” through their mentorship and leadership. While other departments across campus have undergraduate graders, the Pamplin Engage Program is unique in its specialized training program and centralized management of UTAs among all Pamplin departments.


Engage UTAs receive four days of dedicated training at the start of the semester. Guests from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity facilitate sessions about a range of technology, teaching, and equity issues, from mentoring students to setting up virtual office hours to making classrooms more accessible to a diverse student body.

New TA Training Workshop

(first week before each semester)


Morning Session

Afternoon Session

Day 1

Program Procedures and University Policies

Communication Strategies, LinkedIn Profiles

Day 2

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

CETL Engagement and Teaching Strategies

Day 3

Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS)

Canvas Course Management and Zoom Virtual Classrooms

Day 4

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB);

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD)

FERPA Student Privacy, TitleIX Equality

Fall 2022 TA Check-Ins



Time (Location)


Meeting Topic


Sponsor Guests


 Oct 3


7:00-8:00 PM (GLC*)


TLOS and SSD: Canvas, Zoom, Classroom AV

  • BDO



Nov 7


7:00-8:00 PM (GLC*)


CETL and Diversity: Engagement, Conflict resolution

  • CohnReznick



Dec 5




Program Reflections and Celebration




*GLC Multipurpose Room

Ongoing assessments provide convincing evidence that Pamplin Engage is delivering high value for faculty and students. Faculty are overwhelmingly grateful for the additional support, and highly complementary of the roles these students play:

 “My UTA is AMAZING! I am a complete convert to this program, it's a game changer.”

“This program has allowed me to experiment with delivery and provide more student feedback generally, and more extensive feedback on the ‘big’ assignments.”

Pamplin Engage UTAs also find the program to be incredibly valuable:

“The best thing about this position is talking to students and helping them understand a topic that they didn't before. It is great to build relationships with the professor and see what’s on the other end of a course!”

Finally, these UTAs are making unique contributions to learning effectiveness, identifying improvements in teaching strategies to be implemented in future semesters.

The Pamplin Engage Program includes unique opportunities for corporate sponsorship and branding. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Student Applications for Spring 2023

Applications are open Monday Oct 24th – Friday Nov 4th

  • Select courses from the Spring 2023 timetable.
  • Indicate class time availability for in-class TA support.
  • Indicate previous class performance (or expected current grade).
  • Apply for up to 10 courses, maximum of 2 TA positions possible.

TA Position Expectations

  • The Undergrad Teaching Assistantship is a PAID position.
  • Each TA position requires an average of 6 hours of work per week.
  • New TA Training Workshop is required the week before the semester starts.
  • Monthly TA meetings are required for continued training check-ins.

Apply at Engage TA Student Application