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Teaching Statement Consultations

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Teaching statement consultations are for Stanford graduate students and postdoctoral scholars preparing for the academic job search. In a teaching statement consultation, you’ll meet individually with a trained consultant at a time that works for you to discuss your draft teaching philosophy statement, reflect on your teaching philosophy, identify areas to clarify, and improve how you articulate your teaching philosophy in the statement and during the faculty job search process. 

Teaching Statement Consultations will be available beginning in Autumn 2024. 

Interested in becoming a Teaching Development Consultant so you can coach fellow graduate students on their teaching philosophies? Learn more about the Teaching Development Consultant position.

In the meantime you can review a comprehensive resource and guide for crafting your teaching statement here: Teaching Statement Resource

Requesting a teaching statement consultation

Preference will be given to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, with requests from other Stanford affiliates reviewed on a case-by-case basis depending on capacity. In the event that consulting capacity is reached, preference will also be given to requests from those who have completed some professional development around teaching statements, such as the opportunities listed below. 

No matter how much or how little teaching experience you have, you can still draw from your own experiences as a student or mentee and your ideas about how learning works to craft a compelling statement. Teaching statement consultations are free of charge.

Other useful resources

A teaching philosophy consultation will result in concrete improvements you can make to your written teaching philosophy statement, but it is not a place to focus on writing style, grammar, support with writing in English as your non-primary language, or other writing-specific concerns. We recommend contacting the Hume Center for this type of consultation. 

If you are seeking support with research statements, interview preparation, or other aspects of the academic job search process, please contact the Office of CareerEd.