Liaisons and Consultants Programs

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VPTL Liaisons

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VPTL Liaisons foster two-way communication between VPTL and their home departments by promoting VPTL programs and resources, working with VPTL to customize teaching services, and supporting an energetic exchange of ideas. All departments that support, train, and/or use teaching assistants are strongly encouraged to have a VPTL liaison, and others may propose to have one also.

Student Liaisons receive a modest financial award for their service. Nominations for the liaison position come from the individual department, so contact your department chair or faculty/staff TA coordinator if you are interested in being considered for this role.

Check with your department liaison to find out about teaching and learning opportunities:

Aeronautics and Astronautics Aditya Mahajan
Anthropology Nestor Silva
Applied Physics Paula Perron
Art and Art History Danny Smith
Bioengineering Amanda Miguel and Handuo Shi
Biology Sean Beckwith
Biomedical Informatics Rachel  Goldfeder, Alejandro Schuler
Chemical Engineering David Bergsman
Chemistry Brad Palanski
Civil and Environmental Engineering Holly Sewell
Classics Ted Kelting
Communication Anita Varma
Computer Science David Hyde, Jason Riggs
Earth System Science Jesse Bateman
Earth Systems Sarah McCurdy
East Asian Languages and Cultures Linda Galvane
Economics Igor Popov
Electrical Engineering Kai Zang, Ali Sharafat
Emmett-IPER Emily Grubert
Energy Resources Engineering Ogy Grujic
Engineering Diversity Programs Martha Escalera
English Max Ashton
Geophysics Rachael Madison
GES Molly Witter
Global Engineering Programs Tori Bianchi
History Ian Beacock, Ben Hein
Human Biology Annette Salmeen
Immunology Maureen Panganiban
Language Center Joan Molitoris
Linguistics Bonnie Krejci
Management Science and Engineering Zhengyuan Zhou
Materials Science and Engineering Colleen Shang Fenrich
Mathematics Gretchen Lantz
Mechanical Engineering Sean Sketch
Modern Thought and Literature Ben Allen
Music Iran Roman
Philosophy Grace Paterson
Physics Jamie Titus
Political Science Agustina Paglayan
Psychology Lauren  Howe
Religious Studies Alex Marcus
Sociology Michael Hahn
Statistics Cyrus DiCiccio
Theater and Performance Studies Rebecca Ormiston

VPTL Consultants

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VPTL Consultants are highly experienced TAs selected on the basis of outstanding teaching evaluations and interpersonal skills. After training, these graduate students provide peers with such VPTL services as one-on-one teaching consultation, mid-quarter student evaluations, and classroom observation/analysis.  They may also codevelop and offer workshops. 

Along with a modest financial award, consultants receive training in effective mentoring strategies. If you are interested in applying to be a consultant for the next academic year, read more at Become a VPTL Consultant.

Liaisons and consultants are a valuable resource for all graduate student TAs. Be sure to find out who your VPTL representative is and use his or her expertise.

Find all resources for current consultants (protocols, forms, etc.) [Stanford login required]

Being a VPTL Consultant can lead to great things! Previous Consultant Sean Decatur (biophysical chemistry Ph.D, 1995) became the president of Kenyon College. Dennis Sun, Ph.D. '14, won a Gores Award for excellence in teaching.