Become a VPTL Consultant

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Are you a grad student who loves teaching? Want to share your experiences and insights with others? Here's how to become a VPTL Grad Consultant.

VPTL Consultant Program Overview

Consultants offer a range of resources for TAs at Stanford, including workshops on teaching, Small Group Feedback Sessions (SGFSs), classroom observations, video consultations, and microteaching sessions. The position includes training on effective teaching and giving feedback to others. Past consultants have found the role to be a valuable opportunity for professional development in teaching.

For an overview of the consultant role and the services consultants provide, please visit Liaisons and Consultants Programs.

Consultant Training & Duties

New consultants receive about 7 hours of training over the course of two days right before the start of Autumn Quarter. Consultants are asked to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours of service each quarter. As recognition for their contributions, each volunteer consultant receives a quarterly award of $300 (except for the quarter in which they are trained, for which they receive $400).

Consultant Qualifications

  1. Stanford doctoral student; preference given to applicants who are not entering their final year of graduate work
  2. At least two quarters of teaching/TA experience at Stanford
  3. Excellence in teaching, demonstrated by teaching evaluations, teaching awards, or faculty letter of support

Consultant Application Process

To apply to be a VPTL grad teaching consultant, please submit the following to vptltatraining@stanford.edu by the deadline. It's usually in May for the following year.

  1. Your CV,
  2. Brief letter describing your interest in the position, and
  3. Your teaching evaluations--the aggregated "comments report" and "course report"--or, if teaching evaluations are not available, you may have a faculty member submit a brief recommendation letter to us. You can get a pdf of your Stanford teaching evaluations in Axess.

We review applications and invite applicants for interviews beginning after the submission deadline.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Tim Randazzo, Associate Director of Graduate Teaching and Peer Learning Programs.