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CTL offers support for graduate students and postdocs at every stage of your teaching careers, from getting started to designing your own course.

Whether serving as a Teaching Assistant, Course Assistant, Instructor, or in another teaching role, we offer services to help you reflect on and refine your practice, according to research-based and inclusive methods. We also work with faculty, departments, and schools to design, support, and assess TA training programs and resources.

Support Designed for You

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Workshops and Courses

Reflect on your practice and deepen your skill set by taking one of the many workshops and courses offered by CTL. From engineering course design to essay grading, we’ve got you covered.

Graduate TA Orientation

TA Orientation

Quarterly orientations provide new TAs with the tools they need to get started in the classroom or lab. You’ll engage with evidence-based and inclusive teaching methods, and you’ll hear advice from experienced TAs.

TA Orientation Any Time

TA Orientation Any Time (TAO Any Time) is a self-paced online course introducing the fundamentals of effective pedagogy for teaching assistants

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TAing Online

These strategies, intended to train TAs for teaching online, outline practical steps TAs and instructors can take to support their students during a difficult time.

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Train Department TAs

We work with faculty, departments, and schools to design, implement, support, and assess their TA training programs.

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CIRTL at Stanford

Stanford has joined the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) network for graduate students, postdocs, and other interested instructors.

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Feedback on Teaching

Through services such as video consultations, microteaching, and small group feedback sessions, our trained consultants help you analyze data on your teaching and map out a plan to implement changes.


Graduate Teaching Consultants

Consultants are PhD students who receive training from CTL in evidence-based and inclusive practices and in turn support fellow graduate students across campus in their teaching. Click through to learn how to become a Consultant.

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Grad CDI

The Course Design Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars (GradCDI) is a six-week course design series for graduate students and postdocs, in which you'll build or revise a syllabus draft using evidence-based frameworks.

Mentors in Teaching (MinT)

Leadership in Inclusive Teaching (LIT)

LIT Fellows receive support to develop their graduate student peers in inclusive teaching methods. Fellows meet monthly to support one another and develop their projects. 

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Graduate Teaching Opportunities

Looking for a teaching, tutoring, or mentoring position? View a list of current opportunities, on and off campus.

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CTL Grants for Graduate Students

CTL Graduate Resources for Equity and Access in Teaching (CTL GREAT) grants are offered to fund the development, implementation, and evaluation of education development programming or resources that support equitable outcomes for all students.

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Contact Amanda for more information at any time.

Amanda Modell
Associate Director, Graduate Teaching Programs
(650) 724-3129
408 Panama Mall