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CS TA Katherine Breeden teaching. Photo by Rod Searcey for Stanford CTL.

Instructor and TA Positions

Campus Departments and Programs

A number of departments and programs at Stanford sometimes recruit from other departments to fill TA positions for certain courses. The following is not an exhaustive list, so you might also consider reaching out to other departments and programs that fit your teaching interests.

BioCore (Biology):

  • BIO 41: Genetics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology
  • BIO 42: Cell Biology and Physiology
  • BIO 43: Plant Biology, Evolution, and Ecology

Computer Science: The department actively recruits TAs from other departments. To receive announcements about TA opportunities, graduate students can subscribe to the CS CA-ships mailing list at https://mailman.stanford.edu/mailman/listinfo/cs-caships.

Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: FEMGEN 101: Introduction to Feminist Studies

The Program in Science, Technology, and Society:

  • STS 1: The Public Life of Science and Technology
  • STS 200: senior capstone series courses

Program on Urban Studies:

  • URBANST 110: Utopia and Reality: Introduction to Urban Studies
  • URBANST 202: Preparation for Senior Research
  • URBANST 203: Senior Seminar

Urban Studies typically recruits TAs from Sociology, but there may be opportunities for students in other departments. The program seeks TAs with an interest and background in urban issues, generally from a social science perspective.

Extra-Departmental Stanford Teaching Positions

CUNY-Stanford Humanities Exchange: The Graduate Teaching Exchange (GTE) sends up to six Stanford humanities graduate students each Fall to teach a course in a City College humanities department and a Hunter College humanities department.

Continuing Studies: Stanford Continuing Studies offers courses to the community outside Stanford for pleasure, personal enrichment, and professional development. Courses are often taught by Stanford faculty and academic staff, though opportunities may be available for graduate students with deep and demonstrated background in the field in which they are looking to teach.

Hope House Scholars Program: Hope House is a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for women. During the summer, graduate students have the opportunity to teach a four-week course in the humanities to the residents of Hope House.

Leland Scholars Program (LSP): The Leland Scholars Program is a Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE) initiative aimed at supporting the transition to Stanford for a select group of incoming freshmen from under-resourced high schools intending to study the sciences. Each year, the program hires a Resident Director/Teaching Assistant, a unique graduate student position which combines a three-week summer live-in residential role with a two-quarter 15% teaching assistant assignment for a two-credit, chemistry-based science course. Applications are typically due in early March.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies: Hires graduate students as instructors and TAs, as well as in residential and support positions, for many of its summer programs.

Student Initiated Courses: Is an ASSU organization that invites students, both undergraduate and graduate, to share their knowledge and expertise by designing and teaching 1- and 2-unit courses.

Teaching Opportunities in Single Session Classes

Bio grad student Saumya Sankaran teaching. Photo by Rod Searcey for Stanford CTL.Biocore Explorations: Provides Stanford graduate students and post-doctoral fellows the unique opportunity to develop and teach a one-time course to Stanford undergraduates, allowing for pedagogical development and the chance to share your research (or other science topic) with motivated Stanford undergraduates.

Splash!: Brings high school and middle school students to Stanford’s campus for a two-day learning extravaganza. Classes are taught by Stanford undergraduates, graduate students, and other community members.

49ers Academy: The 49ers Academy Teaching Team is a group of graduate and medical students who take hands on science lessons to the students of the 49ers Academy in East Palo Alto, a charter middle school dedicated to serving under-privileged and minority students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Tutoring and Mentoring Opportunities

Athletic Academic Resource Center (AARC) Tutoring: The AARC hires graduate students to work as tutors at drop-in and group sessions for a range of courses, typically introductory biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, math, physics, and statistics.

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) Tutoring: The VPTL hires undergraduates and graduate students to work as appointment tutors for Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering, Human Biology, Math, Physics, and Statistics. The VPTL also hires graduate students to work as language conversation partners for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish.

Education Partnerships, Haas Center for Public Service: Promotes educational equity in local communities by engaging Stanford students and community youth in mentoring and tutoring relationships.

Stanford High School Summer College: Summer College and the Office of Collegiate Programs at Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies have residential and non-residential summer employment options for undergraduate, recent graduates, and graduate students. Residential positions include: mentor, head mentor, house director, and activities director. Tutor positions are non-residential, and include: tutor positions, program director, assistant director, and program coordinator.

Stanford Science Bus: is an after-school science program for 2nd through 5th grade children developed and taught by volunteer graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford University.

Hume Center for Writing and Speaking: Hires graduate students from all disciplines to work as writing and oral communication tutors.

CCNY-Stanford Humanities Exchange: The program hires Stanford graduate students to support the individual research projects of CCNY participants at Stanford during an 8-week summer program. Graduate students serve as tutors/mentors and provide general writing and research advice. 

Language and Orientation Tutoring Program (LOT): The program matches international graduate students with graduate student tutors. Tutors work with students individually or in groups to practice conversation skills, practice presentations, work on writing abstracts or grant proposals, and discuss questions about American university culture.

Other Teaching-Related Opportunities at Stanford

H-STEP Fellowship (Humanities in the Stanford Teacher Education Program) provides Stanford PhD graduates in humanities and arts with an unprecedented and fully funded opportunity to launch a career in secondary school teaching.

Preparing Future Professors: Stanford-SJSU Shadowing Program: Explore faculty life at a comprehensive, teaching-focused university. Stanford students are paired with SJSU professors whom they shadow weekly.

Thinking Matters Fellowship: The Fellowship offers an opportunity for recent recipients of doctoral degrees to teach in an innovative liberal education program with a cohort of like-minded colleagues from a wide variety of different disciplines.

Non-Stanford Affiliated Teaching and Tutoring Opportunities

Community Colleges: Many community colleges offer teaching opportunities on a course-by-course basis for graduate students with Master’s degrees.

Prison University Project: Provides excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, creates a replicable model for such programs, and stimulates public awareness and meaningful dialogue about higher education and criminal justice in California. The Prison University Project offers approximately 20+ classes per semester, three semesters per year, with a team of over 100 volunteer instructors, teaching assistants, and tutors.