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|
|Applied Physics||Paula Perron|
|Art and Art History||Danny Smith|
|Bioengineering||Amanda Miguel and Handuo Shi|
|Biomedical Informatics||Rachel Goldfeder, Alejandro Schuler|
|Chemical Engineering||David Bergsman|
|Civil and Environmental Engineering||Holly Sewell|
|Computer Science||David Hyde, Jason Riggs|
|Earth System Science||Jesse Bateman|
|Earth Systems||Sarah McCurdy|
|East Asian Languages and Cultures||Linda Galvane|
|Electrical Engineering||Kai Zang, Ali Sharafat|
|Energy Resources Engineering||Ogy Grujic|
|Engineering Diversity Programs||Martha Escalera|
|Global Engineering Programs||Tori Bianchi|
|History||Ian Beacock, Ben Hein|
|Human Biology||Annette Salmeen|
|Language Center||Joan Molitoris|
|Management Science and Engineering||Zhengyuan Zhou|
|Materials Science and Engineering||Colleen Shang Fenrich|
|Mechanical Engineering||Sean Sketch|
|Modern Thought and Literature||Ben Allen|
|Political Science||Agustina Paglayan|
|Religious Studies||Alex Marcus|
|Theater and Performance Studies||Rebecca Ormiston|
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.