Career Opportunity at Stanford's Center for Teaching and Learning





Note: Applications for this position will be reviewed on November 15, and on a rolling basis thereafter. Please note the special instructions for applying at the end of this post.

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) has been serving Stanford since 1975, offering a variety of programs and services to advance teaching and learning for the campus community. Our team is passionate about helping faculty and graduate students to be effective teachers, and we are equally passionate about supporting our diverse student population to be successful learners inside and outside the classroom. We are a highly collaborative team, and everyone plays an important role in realizing CTL’s mission to advance teaching and learning at Stanford.

As an Associate Director of Faculty and Lecturer Programs reporting to the Director of Faculty and Lecturer Programs, you will utilize classic and cutting-edge research in education and learning science to guide behavioral change in instructors, ultimately impacting the learning experiences of Stanford students. In partnership with CTL colleagues and leadership across the university, you will design, deliver, and assess pedagogical programming for Stanford faculty and lecturers.

This is a full-time staff position based on site (not remote) on the main Stanford campus.

In this role, you will:

  • Support individual instructors with research-based recommendations and guidance in collecting student feedback to inform effective course design and teaching practice
  • Design, deliver, and assess workshops and other offerings upon request from departments and other campus units or as a part of university initiatives
  • Create evidence-based teaching and learning resources for campus use to guide instructor pedagogy, unite the instructor and student perspectives, and amplify CTL’s teaching and learning services
  • Assume primary vision, program management, budget responsibility, and oversight for one or more selected major program(s) for Faculty & Lecturer Programs
  • Work with CTL and other university leadership on long-term plans to expand CTL’s impact and motivate campus use research-based teaching and learning practices
  • Infuse the perspective of inclusion, diversity, equity and learning in community into all aspects of your work at Stanford

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


To be successful in this role, you will bring:

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Two or more years of teaching experience as a primary instructor, that is, someone responsible for the design and delivery of courses

  • Facility in applying relevant research and prior teaching experience to assess needs and develop teaching and learning recommendations for instructors at a research university like Stanford.

  • Facility with current technologies that support teaching and learning

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to collaborate constructively with campus stakeholders, including undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, lecturers, faculty, and staff

  • Ability to work independently and in teams and take the initiative, especially in new ventures or with ambiguous projects

  • Strong writing and oral communication skills

  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks, especially complex projects with multiple deadlines

  • Fluency in terminology, research, and recommendations around inclusive and equitable pedagogy, interest in learning more, and exhibition of inclusive and equitable behaviors towards CTL and campus colleagues.

  • Physical requirements, including:

    • Frequently grasp lightly/fine manipulation, perform desk-based computer tasks.
    • Occasionally use a telephone, writing or note taking, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 25 pounds.
    • Ability to use voice or voice-assisted technology to present information/communicate with others.
    • On-campus mobility, self-propelled or assisted

*-Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

In addition, preferred requirements include:

  • Advanced degree (Ph.D./Ed.D. strongly preferred)
  • Degree in STEM / STEM Education
  • 3+ years’ experience as a primary instructor in a college or university setting
  • Teaching experience at an institution with very high research activity, either as a TA or primary instructor
  • Experience with commonly used learning technologies (such as the videoconferencing, polling software, live inking and annotation, and learning management systems)
  • 1-3 years in educational teaching development
  • Experience managing a budget and developing financial plans
  • Interest in developing classroom assessment and program evaluation expertise

About the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education (VPUE)

For undergraduates, VPUE is the nexus for programs and initiatives that help students define and achieve their intellectual ambitions at Stanford. These include investigative introductory courses taught by esteemed faculty, targeted classes in writing and rhetoric, undergraduate research support, academic advising and mentoring, overseas and off-campus study programs, and undergraduate scholarships and fellowships. For faculty, VPUE serves as a principal conduit for furthering interaction with undergraduates and discovering ways in which working with students can enrich one’s research agenda. VPUE advocates for undergraduate education in collaboration with faculty, departments, and schools across Stanford. All VPUE resources are dedicated to involving faculty with the undergraduate experience, connecting students with phenomenal opportunities, and fully realizing a liberal education at Stanford.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven individuals to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or course auditing opportunities. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more!

*Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please note that completed applications will be reviewed on November 15, and on a rolling basis thereafter. People from groups historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged to apply.

Instructions for applying:

To promote equity and inclusivity, we are implementing a “blind” evaluation in the initial steps of our process. Please complete the online application fully and submit exactly three documents as described below. In labeling these documents, please create a candidate code as a string of four letters: the last two letters of your first name, followed by the first two letters of your last name. For example, the string of letters Joseph Biden would provide a candidate code of: PHBI. The required documents are:

  • Your C.V. This document need not be de-identified. Label this document “Code CV” (example: PHBI CV ).
  • A syllabus from one of the courses you have taught as a primary instructor. This document need not be de-identified. Label this document “Code Syllabus” (example: PHBI Syllabus ).
  • A file with your responses to the written interview questions, below. Ensure that you remove your name, email address, physical address, phone numbers, and all other identifying information, including names of institutions which you’ve attended or worked for, names of faculty, etc. Include your candidate code and the title of the position in the header of each page of your document. Label this document “Code Questions” (example: PHBI Questions ).

Written interview questions:

  • Number of years of experience you have as a primary instructor - someone responsible for designing and delivering a course - and whether your experience was acquired at a teaching-focused institution, a research-focused institution, or a combination of both
  • A list of 2-3 courses you designed and delivered as a primary instructor demonstrating the range of your teaching. “Designed” could mean a course created from scratch, or a preexisting course significantly changed (redesigned). Include for each course the course title and a 3-4-sentence description of what was covered.
  • One thing you changed in your course design or teaching practice over the course of teaching, and why you made the change (100-250 words)
  • One piece of advice you would give to an instructor in a research university like Stanford teaching a small seminar-style course for the first time (100-250 words)

Please do not submit a cover letter or any other documentation not requested. They will be discarded without consideration. If a cover letter is required by the application portal, a blank page may be submitted.

Please do not share/email materials with Stanford staff or contact Stanford CTL staff for information about the position. Requests for informational/informal interviews will not be granted.

General questions about the application or interview processes may be addressed to Guy Margard, Executive Search Consultant at

If you forget to upload any of the required documents, you can return to the application portal and add them later, for as long as the position is posted.

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