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GTA Shout-Outs

We have fantastic Graduate Teaching Assistants at UT. Check out what students are saying about them!

If you'd like to make your own shout-out to your favorite Graduate Teaching Assistant, here's your chance!


Matt Smith

From: Emma Hudson

I can confirm that Matt Smith is, in fact, a talented air drummer. Even if he lacked this noteworthy skill, he would still be a great TA. He has a well-rounded amount of knowledge, not only in history, but in a contemporary sense. Therefore, he has a knack for applying history to contemporary themes, which enhanced my overall understanding of the covered topics. On top of that, he varied the ways he runs discussion. I was impressed how he introduced the beginning of WWII with a game of checkers. These methods are not only entertaining; they're engaging. Each discussion session has been interesting because Smith gets to the heart of the content and does so by simplifying the information, then getting to the over arching theme. Again, I'd like to emphasize that Smith is an easy-going, approachable TA and with his abundance of knowledge I see great opportunities in his future.

Jeremy Leierzapf

From: Jackson Salyer

Jeremy did an incredible job at teaching and really furthering my understanding of the material taught in lecture. He was an outstanding TA and made the labs as enjoyable as a geology lab could be.

Matthew Smith

From: Bryce Wesh

Matt is a fabulous example of what a TA should be. He shakes off the conventional lecture biases by promoting group think and whole class engagement. Class environment is warm, friendly, and devoid of any pretension. Retaining and learning is easier if you are enjoying yourself. We start each day with light music and conversation, can't ask for a better "learning environment". A+, 10/10

Matthew Smith

From: Maggie Sloe

Gen Ed courses, especially within the typical context of the college narrative, are not usually a student's "top pick" let alone a favorite course. However, the way that Matt Smith invests and engages with his class beyond the walls of where its held gives going through the motions in a typical classroom a run for its money. Matt cultivates an encouraging environment with interactive readings, games, and conversation that brings about laughter and great discussion. Though it isn't necessarily "easy", it is challenging in the best way that invokes wonder and true fascination with the material covered. I have never in my life been excited to get out of my bed for a 9:05 class on a Friday morning but somehow for this class, it's become my favorite part of the week (really) because I know I'll leave feeling not only smarter, but more encouraged than when I walked in. No one is simply a student in Matt's discussion, but rather someone with immeasurable opportunities and intelligence regardless of circumstance. It is so easy to see that Matt's passion for the pursuit of thought and story-telling of history translates into how he facilitates his discussions and encourages others to do so as well.

Matthew Smith

From: Maggie Sloe

Gen Ed courses, especially within the typical context of the college narrative, are not usually a student's "top pick" let alone a favorite course. However, the way that Matt Smith invests and engages with his class beyond the walls of where its held gives going through the motions in a typical classroom a run for its money. Matt cultivates an encouraging environment with interactive readings, games, and conversation that brings about laughter and great discussion. Though it isn't necessarily "easy", it is challenging in the best way that invokes wonder and true fascination with the material covered. I have never in my life been excited to get out of my bed for a 9:05 class on a Friday morning but somehow for this class, it's become my favorite part of the week (really) because I know I'll leave feeling not only smarter, but more encouraged than when I walked in. No one is simply a student in Matt's discussion, but rather someone with immeasurable opportunities and intelligence regardless of circumstance. It is so easy to see that Matt's passion for the pursuit of thought and story-telling of history translates into how he facilitates his discussions and encourages others to do so as well.