Talk with Faculty and Instructors about their Teaching

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Reaching Out to Faculty and Instructors Overview

Here at Stanford, you are surrounded by a plethora of wonderful teaching examples, so don't be shy about reaching out.  Most faculty and instructors are happy to take a little time to talk more about why they teach, how they built experience, why they make certain pedagogical decisions etc.  Use your time on campus to speak with different faculty about the teaching choices they have made.

Informational Interviews

Informational Interviewing can be incredibly helpful as you think about your own career possibilities and form your own teaching philosophy.  These are not job interviews, but rather give you the chance to learn more about a new career option and begin to network and meet others interested in this field.  Below are some helpful resources to get you started:

Building a Mentoring Relationship

Meeting faculty might also help you to find a Mentor and advocate who is willing to work with you longer term as you develop as a teacher.  If you find someone who might be a good fit, be proactive about  letting them know what you are hoping to gain from this relationship.  As you search for a mentor, check out these additional resources at Stanford: