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Program for Instructional Excellence (PIE)

Program for Instructional Excellence

University-wide Support for Graduate Student Teaching Assistants (TAs)

To assist and support graduate student teaching assistants the Program for Instructional Excellence provides a variety of instructional support programs and services.


PIE Coffee Hour & Teaching Workshop Series

Come join fellow TAs and instructors discuss strategies and techniques that promote excellence in teaching and learning – bring your questions, concerns, and ideas – the coffee will be provided!

These workshops also count towards the PFF and/or PFP Certificates, as well as the Advanced PIE Teaching Training Recognition.

For more information and to register to attend, visit the "PIE Coffee Hour & Workshop Series" tab on the left. Click here for the 2015 Spring PIE Workshop Flyer!

We encourage pre-registration (so we can be sure to have enough coffee on hand!).


Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards

PIE coordinates the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Awards (OTAA). These awards recognize graduate student teaching assistants (TAs) for their distinguished contributions to undergraduate student learning through excellence in instruction. Nominations for the 2014-2015 year are now closed. The nomination deadline was January 12, 2015.

If you have been notified that you have been nominated for an OTAA, please see the 2014-2015 OTAA Guidelines and Procedures for eligibility requirements and how to apply for the award.


Spring 2015 PIE Teaching Training Workshop/TA Orientation

The annual spring PIE Teaching Training Workshop/TA Orientation is held the Friday of the first week of classes each spring. This workshop includes sessions that provide graduate students with teaching policy training requirements as stated in the University-wide TA Standards along with best practices in grading, communicating with students, and Blackboard and technology usage. This TA training is delivered partly face-to-face and partly online via Blackboard, the centrally supported course management system at FSU.

The face-to-face portion of the Spring 2015 Teaching Policy Training/TA Orientation will be held Friday, January 9th, 2015, 1:00-4:30pm in The Great Hall on the 4th floor of the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House.  Registration is now closed.

Please Note: You ALSO need to complete ONLINE training prior to this Workshop/Orientation if you are required to complete the University-wide TA policy trainings in FERPA, FSU Academic Honor Policy, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination, and American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please consult your academic department for any questions regarding if you are required to complete these trainings through PIE. Email us at: to request to be enrolled in these online trainings!

This abridged workshop is primarily offered to meet the needs of new graduate students who will be teaching in the spring or summer 2015 and others who were unable to attend the annual fall PIE conference. 


PIE Graduate Student Teaching Associate Assistantship

The PIE Graduate Student Teaching Associate Assistantship helps to improve teaching across campus by helping departments enhance their graduate student teaching assistant training programs and establish interdisciplinary connections and community among graduate students at FSU. The application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is is now closed.


2014 TA Orientation/PIE Teaching Conference

The Program for Instructional Excellence sponsors a two day University-wide policy training/TA orientation for graduate student teaching assistants each fall. This TA orientation satisfies the required graduate student TA policy training according to University-wide TA standards. For more information click on the "PIE TA Orientations/Conference" tab on the left. In addition to TAs, all FSU graduate students, faculty and staff are also welcome to attend!

Where: New Classroom Building (HCB 101)

When: Wednesday and Thursday, August 20 & 21, 2014

            -Wednesday 8/20/14, 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

            -Thursday 8/21/14, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Registration is now closed.


The PIE Teaching Training Recognition

*If you attended ALL sessions on BOTH days of the fall 2014 PIE Teaching Conference, you have completed one requirement for the PIE Teaching Training Recognition. For complete details and requirements, please click on the "PIE Teaching Training Recognition" tab on the left-hand side of this website. Complete reports are due by Thursday, September 4, 2014.