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Graduate Teaching Opportunities

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We have compiled a list of teaching opportunities in:

  • Stanford departments, programs, and partner institutions

  • Tutoring and mentoring that allow you to work with students beyond classroom and lab settings

  • Community outreach programs to help you expand your teaching practice

We encourage you to reach out to other departments and programs to inquire about additional opportunities.

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Campus Departments and Programs


The Department of Biology hires outside applicants when it cannot meet its TA needs internally. TA opportunities are available across the undergraduate curriculum, most often in the Bio Foundations courses.

Computer Science

CS actively recruits TAs from other departments. To receive announcements about TA opportunities, subscribe to the CS CA-ships mailing list.

Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Accepts TA applications from any department for FEMGEN 101: Introduction to Feminist Studies.

Science, Technology and Society

Accepts TA applications from any department for STS 1: The Public Life of Science and Technology and for STS 200 (senior capstone series courses).

Urban Studies

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.

Other Stanford Teaching Positions

Stanford-CUNY Exchange

Each Fall, Stanford graduate students teach a largely self-designed course in a City or Hunter College humanities department. For more information please contact Prof. Gavin Jones at

Summer Session

Summer Session is Stanford’s 4th quarter and typically offers 150 courses from 40+ departments. Over half of Summer Sessions' lead instructors are Stanford graduate students, so it presents a rare opportunity for graduate students to gain experience as lead instructors. It also presents the opportunity to TA.

Continuing Studies

Opportunities may be available for graduate students to assist faculty in teaching Continuing Studies courses.

Hope House Scholars Program

Hope House is a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for women. Graduate students co-teach four-week courses in the humanities to the residents during the summer.

Leland Scholars Program

This VPUE initiative supports incoming freshmen transitioning to Stanford. Two Resident Directors/Teaching Assistants serve a four week summer live-in residential role plus a two-quarter TA assignment. Applications are typically due in early March.

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

Instructors and TAs are needed for many summer programs as well as for residential and support positions.

Tutoring and Mentoring Opportunities

Athletic Academic Resource Center

Graduate students work as tutors at drop-in and group sessions for a range of courses, typically introductory biology, chemistry, economics, engineering, math, physics, and statistics.

Stanford-CUNY Exchange

This program hires Stanford graduate students to support the individual research projects of City College of New York (CCNY) undergraduates at Stanford during an 8-week summer program. Graduate students serve as tutors/mentors and provide general writing and research advice. For more information please contact Professor Gavin Jones at

Future Advancers of Science and Technology

FAST is a program in which Stanford graduate students mentor San Jose high school students in developing and presenting innovative science projects. Contact Cooper Galvin to find out more.

Haas Center for Public Service

The Haas Educational Partnership program promotes educational equity in local communities by engaging Stanford students and community youth in mentoring and tutoring relationships.

Hume Center for Writing and Speaking

This program hires graduate students from all disciplines to work as writing and oral communication tutors.

RISE Summer High School Internship

A 7-week program for low-income students who spend 30 hours/week on campus working in a lab under the guidance of a mentor. Graduate students and postdocs mentor interns in their lab throughout the summer. Contact Maiken Bruhis at for more information.

Stanford Science Bus

An after-school science program for 2nd - 5th graders. Volunteer graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford University help develop and teach the programs.

Summer Session

Summer Session is Stanford’s 4th quarter and serves 2,500 students each summer—a mix of Stanford students and visiting students from more than 50 countries around the world. Through the Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC), Summer Session offers tutoring in all subject areas as well as academic workshops. 

Other Teaching-Related Opportunities at Stanford

CTL Graduate Teaching Consultants

A paid, hourly position with CTL where graduate students conduct consultations and hold workshops for their fellow TAs and graduate student instructors. Positions available by application.

CTL Leadership in Inclusive Teaching (LIT) Fellows

A learning community where graduate students develop and implement projects related to inclusive teaching and equitable outcomes in their programs or departments. Fellowships available by application. 

Preparing Future Professors

This program explores faculty life at Bay Area higher education institutions. Stanford students are paired with professors, whom they shadow weekly.


Splash! 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.

COLLEGE Teaching Fellowship

This program offers an opportunity for PhD recipients to teach in an innovative liberal education program with colleagues from a wide variety of different disciplines.

Sophomore College

Sophomore College (SoCo) is a 3-week immersive learning experience for Stanford undergraduates before the start of Autumn Quarter. The program hires Course Assistants to live with their students, either in residence halls or on off-campus trips, to foster collaborative and experiential learning. SoCo also hires Graduate Residential Associates for community guidance and administrative support.

Non-Stanford Affiliated Teaching & Tutoring Opportunities

Palo Alto Unified School District

Graduate students 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” form. 

Community Colleges

Local community colleges may offer teaching opportunities on a course-by-course basis for graduate students with Master’s degrees.

Prison University Project

This program offers classes to people incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison with a team of over 100 volunteer instructors, teaching assistants, and tutors.


For questions about these opportunities, please reach out to the listed contacts directly. You may also contact Amanda Modell, Associate Director, Graduate Teaching Programs, for more information at any time.
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