The VPTL supports over 1,000 graduate and undergraduate students who serve as teaching assistants (TAs) each quarter at Stanford University. TAs lead sections and labs in large lecture courses, offer individualized assistance during office hours, grade and provide feedback on homework and exams, and often help faculty develop new course materials. With such far-reaching impact, TAs are a fundamental part of instruction at Stanford. Whether you are new to teaching or have many years of experience, we hope this guide will help you make the most of your work as a TA — both for you and for your students.
VPTL works collaboratively with faculty and departments to design, implement, assist with, and evaluate programs that prepare new TAs for their teaching roles and support all TAs as they carry out their teaching responsibilities.
VPTL holds a Teaching Assistant (TA) Orientation every Autumn Quarter on Friday before classes begin, for all students who will be leading class sections and labs in the new academic year.
VPTL works with faculty and departments to design, implement, assist with, and evaluate programs that prepare new TAs for their teaching roles and support all TAs as they carry out their teaching responsibilities. VPTL offers the following services and resources to assist departments with their TA training efforts:
Thinking about how to support the success of all students is vital to effective teaching. Visit VPTL's resources to make your classroom more inclusive and improve learning for all.
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