VPTL TA Orientation

Each quarter, we host a TA Orientation to help prepare graduate students to teach at Stanford. This event is highly recommended for all new TAs and is also open to returning TAs, postdocs, and other members of the campus community.

Winter Quarter TA Orientation

Friday, January 10, 2020 | 1:00–4:00 PM | Tressider Memorial Union, Oak and Cypress Lounges

Register for Winter Quarter TA Orientation

Winter Orientation Schedule

12:30–1:00 PM: Check-in and Light Refreshments (Outside Oak West)

1:00–2:00 PM: Opening Session (Oak West)

  • Welcome to Teaching at Stanford
  • An Effective First Day: Laying a Foundation for You and Your Students

2:10–3:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions 1

  • Holding Office Hours and Review Sessions in Sciences and Engineering (Oak East)
  • Leading Discussions in Humanities and Social Sciences (Cypress South)
  • Leading Discussions in Sciences and Engineering (Oak West)
  • Grading Problem Sets, Labs, and Exams (Cypress North)

3:10–4:00 PM: Session 2 (Oak West)

  • Major Policies & Practices Every TA Should Know: Presentation and Q&A Session

View the TA Orientation Agenda and Concurrent Sessions Descriptions

Spring orientation will be held Friday, April 3, 2020 (1–4 pm)

We do not offer a video-conference option, nor do we record Orientation sessions. This educational program is highly interactive, so a recording or video conferencing option would not adequately replicate the in-person learning experience. We do make the following handouts available for your review. 


Contact Amanda Modell, Associate Director, Graduate Teaching Programs, for more information at any time. Please also contact Amanda if you need a disability-related accommodation or wheelchair access information.

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