Instructors & TA Positions
Campus Departments and Programs
A number of Stanford departments and programs sometimes recruit from other departments to fill TA positions for certain courses. Below is a list of some of these participating departments. Since it’s not exhaustive, however, try reaching out to other departments and programs that fit your teaching interests and learn about their possible TA opportunities.
BIO 41: Genetics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology
BIO 42: Cell Biology and Physiology
BIO 43: Plant Biology, Evolution, and Ecology
FEMGEN 101: Introduction to Feminist Studies
STS 1: The Public Life of Science and Technology
STS 200: senior capstone series courses
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 from 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
CCNY-Stanford Humanities Exchange
sends Stanford PhD students to teach City College of New York (CCNY) undergraduates in New York City during the fall, and in exchange, CCNY undergraduates visit Stanford for an intensive research experience over the summer.
Stanford Continuing Studies
offers courses to the community outside of Stanford for pleasure, personal enrichment, and professional development. Stanford faculty and academic staff often instruct the courses, though opportunities may be available for graduate students with a deep and demonstrated background in the field they are looking to teach.
Hope House Scholars Program
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)
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 and who are 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 for its many summer programs as well as for residential and support positions.
Student Initiated Courses (SIC)
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
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 the motivated undergraduates.
brings high school and middle school students to Stanford’s campus for a two-day learning extravaganza. Stanford undergraduates, graduate students, and other community members teach classes.
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 & Mentoring Opportunities
VPTL Graduate Student Consultants and MinTs
use their passion for good teaching to coach other grad students in their teaching. Though consultants are expected to already have teaching experience, the position provides an opportunity to help others with their teaching as well as to offer workshops on teaching at TA orientations and throughout the year.
Stanford High School Summer College
offers 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. Volunteer graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford University help develop and teach the program.
CCNY-Stanford Humanities Exchange
hires Stanford graduate students to support the individual research projects of City College of New York (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)
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
(Humanities in the Stanford Teacher Education Program) provides Stanford PhD graduates in the humanities and arts with an unprecedented and fully funded opportunity to launch a career in secondary school teaching.
Thinking Matters 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.
Sophomore College (SoCo) is a 3-week immersive learning experience for Stanford undergraduates before the start of Autumn Quarter. The program hires SoCo Course Assistants (SCAs) to live with their students, either in the Sophomore College residence halls or on the off-campus trips, to foster collaborative and experiential learning. All seminars have two SCAs, selected by the faculty, who fulfill the roles of TA, RA, and class leaders. Positions are open to graduate and undergraduate students. Read SCA application information.
Non-Stanford Affiliated Teaching & Tutoring Opportunities
may offer teaching opportunities on a course-by-course basis for graduate students with Master’s degrees.
Prison University Project (PUP)
aims to provide excellent higher education programs to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison; to create a replicable model for such programs, and to stimulates public awareness and meaningful dialogue about higher education and criminal justice in California. The program offers approximately 20+ classes per semester, three semesters per year, with a team of over 100 volunteer instructors, teaching assistants, and tutors.
Advanced Authentic Research Program
offers opportunities for graduate students in all disciplines to mentor
Palo Alto Unified School District high school students (grades 10-12) as they investigate an authentic research topic of their choosing. Interested graduate students can complete the “Become a Mentor
RISE Summer High School Internship is an intensive 7-week program for local low-income Bay Area students interested in science, engineering, math, computer science, or psychology. Interns spend 30 hours a week on the Stanford campus, working in an active research lab under the guidance of a mentor from the lab. Volunteer graduate students and post docs mentor interns in their lab throughout the summer. If you are interested in hosting an intern over the summer, please email Maiken Bruhis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future Advancers of Science and Technology (FAST) sends Stanford University graduate students to mentor students from Andrew Hill High School, helping them achieve their goals of answering open questions in science and engineering clever solutions to problems in their society. To get involved as a mentor, please contact Cooper Galvin, email@example.com.