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About Teaching Commons Events

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Like the Teaching Commons as a whole, Teaching Commons events are organized and facilitated by people across the university in many different roles. We are invested in fostering a strong culture of teaching and learning. The core values we believe Stanford teaching can embody are represented by the TEACH Framework (Timely, Engaging, Accessible, Connected, Humane).

Read more about the TEACH Framework.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are Teaching Commons events for?

For all Stanford instructors and those interested in teaching and learning, including faculty, staff, TAs, graduate students, and so on. Teaching Commons events offer a place to refresh your ideas, problem-solve, and be inspired. All Stanford affiliates are welcome! 

Do I have to come the whole time?

No. For the Symposium, we encourage participants to pick and choose the sessions that are most useful. For the conference, come for the whole event or whatever part of it works best for you. For course clinics, feel free to drop in any time to ask any questions and for general discussion. 

Do Teaching Commons events count towards the Postdoc Teaching Certificate?

Yes! Teaching Commons events do count toward training hours for the Postdoc Teaching Certificate.

Teaching Commons Event Organizers

Teaching Commons events are planned and led by units from across the university. Current organizing committee members include:

  • Andrei Baltakmens, Communications Project Manager, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Carlos Seligo, Academic Technology Specialist, Academic Technology Solutions Laboratory, Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Cassandra Volpe Horii, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, and Associate Vice Provost for Education
  • Christina Fajardo, Academic Technology Specialist, Graduate School of Education
  • Hollie Fortkamp (Organizing Committee Chair), Academic Technology Specialist, Introductory Seminars & Faculty Development, Stanford Introductory Studies
  • Kenji Ikemoto, Academic Technology Specialist, Academic Technology Solutions Laboratory, Center for Teaching & Learning
  • Michael Rouan, Sr. Director, Academic Technology Solutions Laboratory, Center for Teaching & Learning

Teaching Commons Events Code of Conduct

The Teaching Commons Symposium, Conference, Course Clinics, and all other Teaching Commons events strive to be a collaborative, positive learning experience for all, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, physical appearance, race, religion (or lack thereof), sexual orientation, or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the event session facilitators and organizers. (Thanks to for inspiring the language of our code of conduct.)