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Heather originally became interested in teaching at Southern Oregon University, where she did her undergraduate studies. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, skiing, and cooking.

Mechanical Engineering

Maxime works on developing predictive computational tools for particle-laden turbulent flows. Outside of his research, Maxime is passionate about education. During his first three years at Stanford, Maxime served as a teaching assistant in his home department and in the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering.


Sean hails from Michigan originally before attending Carleton College for undergrad. My dissertation research focuses on mechanisms of epigenetic regulation. I love teaching and can’t wait to help you to share the cool stuff we study with your students!

Electrical Engineering

Steven helped to create and teach ENGR 40M, the "maker-centric" introduction to EE. He's taught the class four times as a TA, and once as the Teaching Fellow in Kyoto, Japan. In his spare time, he likes to ride his bike and take things apart to find out how they work.


Emily is a PhD candidate in Sociology, with an interest in gender. She has been a tutor, seventh grade teacher, TA, and instructor. She is passionate about making teaching an intentional practice.

Mechanical Engineering

Michael enjoys spending time outdoors and being active - cycling, hiking, and generally gallivanting outside. He misses the New York pizza and bagels he grew up on. At Stanford he is interested in developing engineering curricula that are authentic and pragmatic.

Political Science

At Stanford, Adriane has taught for introductory and advanced courses in comparative politics and international relations. In addition, she has taught on Latin American history and generalized research methods at San Quentin State Prison through the Prison University Project. Her favorite part of being a VPTL consultant is constantly learning new strategies for being an effective instructor.


Vladimir comes from the European continental and British academic traditions and chose graduate study at Stanford not least because of the strong emphasis on teaching in the United States. Last year, he taught a course on Middle Eastern refugees and is thrilled to be your graduate teaching consultant. Vladimir is into numismatics, brewing tea, and traveling to unrecognized republics.

Social Psychology

Lauren earned her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and German Language and Literature from the University of Virginia in 2010. Her love of teaching began after graduating, when she spent a year abroad on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Reutlingen, Germany. Lauren lives in San Francisco and loves reading about the history of the Bay Area, spending time outdoors, and watching so-bad-they're-good-again movies.


Juan Lamata is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English. He specializes in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama, poetry, and prose, with a focus on literary transformations and intercultural encounters. He received his B.A. from Columbia University, in English, and hails from Venezuela, by way of Florida.


John has taught courses on graduate statistics, research design, and teaching development, and was awarded the Sociology Department’s Leila Arthur Cilker Award for Excellence in Teaching. His research centers on social movements and quantitative methodology. In addition to his technical pursuits, John enjoys camping, sports, and making organic cat food for his cats.

Comparative Literature

Patricia has taught Spanish language classes and a course on academic research and self-presentation, co-taught an introductory comparative literature course as part of the Collaborative Teaching Project, and coordinated Stanford’s English as a Foreign Language tutoring program (LOT). She’s looking forward to working as a VPTL consultant to experience the breadth of teaching styles and content on campus.


Elizabeth Wilder is a fourth-year PhD candidate in English with interests in writing instruction and pedagogical theory. Her research focuses on the relationship among form, affect, and ethics in Victorian novels. She has TAed classes on narrative theory and queer and feminist criticism, and will be teaching a new literature course on sympathy in the spring.