Instructional & Academic Support Jobs

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Summer Institutes Positions

The Summer Institutes is an academic residential program offering high school students advanced-level academic study in a single intensive course. Students are selected for both their ability and interest in the course subject areas.

Instructors

Course Topics Available:

We seek seek experienced post-doctoral scholars, advanced graduate students, adjunct faculty, and/or industry professionals and researchers to teach a three-week course to academically talented high school students during Summer 2020 on the Stanford campus. 

Instructors are supported by undergraduate and graduate student teaching assistants. Each day consists of 2½ hours of class time from 9:00 to 11:30 am led by the Instructor, plus a 3-hour TA-led period from 1:00 to 4:00 pm for individual and small group work dedicated to assignments. This is an ideal opportunity for those who enjoy working with bright, motivated students and are interested in developing or furthering their teaching experience.

Summer Institutes Instructors have the unique opportunity to develop their own course. Courses are designed for academic enrichment without credit or curriculum requirements. 

Session Dates:

  • Session 1: June 23–July 9, 2020
    • Cosmology
    • Topics in Physics
    • Investigations in Bioscience: Neuroscience 
  • Session 2: July 14–July 30, 2020
    • Particle Physics

To apply, please send a current CV and brief statement of interest to the Academic Programs team at spcsinstruction@stanford.edu.

Drop-In Teaching Assistants

Course Topics Available:

We seek advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to assist Instructors in teaching a three-week course to academically talented high school students during Summer 2020 on the Stanford campus. 

Each day consists of 2½ hours of class time from 9:00 to 11:30 am led by the Instructor, plus a 2-1/2-hour period from 1:00-3:30 pm for individual and small group work dedicated to assignments led by 2-3 Residential Counselors who serve as afternoon teaching assistants.

This is an ideal opportunity for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who enjoy working with bright, motivated students and who are interested in developing or furthering their teaching experience. Courses are intended for academic enrichment and they are taken without credit so there are no curriculum requirements. 

Session Dates:

  • Session 1: June 23–July 9, 2020

To apply, please send a current CV and brief statement of interest to the Academic Programs team at spcsinstruction@stanford.edu.

International Institutes and Honors Academies Positions

We are pleased to offer two distinct programs specifically geared toward international students. Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institutes takes place on Stanford University’s campus, while Stanford Honors Academies takes place in various locations around the world.

International Institutes: Instructors

We seek experienced post-doctoral scholars, advanced graduate students, or adjunct faculty to teach half-day workshops to academically talented international high school students during summer at Stanford. We are particularly interested in workshops that develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and innovation, as well as advanced topics that would not typically be found in a high school curriculum.

The International Institutes is a residential program offering international high school students an exploratory academic program along with an overview of American university life. We also offer a rich multicultural experience, where students from different countries attend class, participate in social and recreational activities, and work on a Global Solutions project together.  

Students attend workshops in cohorts of 12-15 and are scheduled for different topics each morning and afternoon. Cohorts are primarily made up of students from one country but may be mixtures from two or more countries where students can be expected to have similar academic background and English proficiency. Each instructor teaches a different cohort in the morning and afternoon according to availability and our needs. We prefer instructors who are available for at least 8 workshops during a session.

Countries that have been represented in past years include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Compensation: $250 per 2.5 hour session, which includes your time to prepare the workshop materials.

Session Dates: 

  • Session 1: June 22 – July 4, 2020
  • Session 2: July 6 – July 18, 2020
  • Session 3: July 20 – July 31, 2020
  • Session 4: August 4 – August 16, 2020
    • Note: Session 4 is our largest session and will have the most opportunities for teaching.

To apply, please complete the availability survey below. Email any questions to internationalinstitutes@stanford.edu

Honors Academies: Instructors

We seek post-doctoral scholars, advanced graduate students, or adjunct faculty to teach two-week (10 day) intensive courses to academically talented middle and high school students in several international locations during 2020. 

SPCS instructors have the unique opportunity to develop their own course. Courses are intended for academic enrichment and are taken without credit so there are no curriculum requirements.

We are particularly interested in courses that develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and innovation, as well as advanced topics that would not typically be found in a high school curriculum. Instructional time should be a combination of lecture, classroom discussion, individual assignments, and small group activities. A teaching assistant may be requested, and travel, lodging, and supplies are provided.

This is an ideal opportunity for those who enjoy traveling, working with bright, motivated students and are interested in developing or furthering their teaching experience.

Compensation: $3,500 for the two-week course, including all preparation time and completion of post-course evaluations for each student.

To apply, please complete our Application Survey below. You may also email Jeanette Cook, International Programs Director, at internationalinstitutes@stanford.edu with any additional information. 

To learn more about Honors Academies, please visit our website.