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Welcome To Graduate School

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education uses six "lessons" to demystify the norms and expectations of graduate school and offer strategies for how to succeed in a professional academic context. Written for new students, but useful for anyone in need of a refresher and some advice.

Last modified 09/15/2014

Mentors in Teaching (MinT) Program

The Mentors in Teaching (MinT) program supports the work of TA Mentors, who provide peer support to other TAs and act as general resources in their departments. Those interested in becoming a Teaching Mentor or a MinT Fellow should contact their departments and check the Teaching Commons website for application instructions and training dates. 

Last modified 08/13/2014

Teaching Portfolios

Teaching portfolios are an important part of the faculty hiring process, but can also aid in your development as a teacher. Learn more about teaching portfolios and how to prepare them with this brief resource from the Teaching Commons.

Last modified 09/24/2015

Postdoc Academic Chats

Postdoc Academic Chats are monthly lunchtime seminars for postdocs across the university that recognize the specific aspects of the postdoc experience. Led by Dr. Rick Reis, the Postdoc Academic Chat series features lively presentations and discussions on relevant issues and strategies, such as how to generate the ideas that are most likely to get funded, how to negotiate for resources with colleagues, and why it helps to do a teaching postdoc. Attendees are asked to read three very short articles on the topic prior to the event.

Postdoc academic chats are limited to 40 people and lunch is served. Graduate students are welcome to attend if space is available.

Last modified 11/19/2014

Networking Resources

Use this brief guide from the SOM Career Center to learn the basics of networking, including easy tips for conducting informational interviews with new connections. Links to a selection of networking opportunities especially relevant to students in the biomedical sciences. 

Last modified 08/14/2014

SGSI 2016: Jumpstart Your Academic Job Search

Are you about to enter the job market for a faculty position? Get a jumpstart on preparing yourself and your application materials. This course is practical and experiential, involving practicing and editing. We will work on both written and oral parts of your job search preparation, including CVs, cover letters, research and teaching statements, and the job talk. Experts from across Stanford will present. An interdisciplinary class of peers will support you.

Monday, Sept. 12 – Thursday, Sept. 15, 9 AM – 5 PM; Friday, Sept. 16, 9 – 12 PM

(Coffee will be available at 8:30 AM)


  • Chris Golde, PhD, special projects, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education
  • Laura Dominguez Chan, assistant dean of Career Education and associate director of Career Communities–PhDs/Postdocs in Arts & Humanities, BEAM, Stanford Career Education
  • Arne Bakker, PhD, assistant director of Career Communities–PhDs & Postdocs in Natural & Social Sciences, BEAM, Stanford Career Education

Audience & Capacity

Open to advanced doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars in any discipline who plan to enter the faculty job market in 2016-2017. Space is limited to 60.


By participating fully in this course, you will:

  • Understand the academic hiring and job search process
  • Start drafting your job application materials
  • Read job announcements and assess their fit with your values, skills, and career goals
  • Identify the steps you need to take after the class to enter the current academic job search cycle
  • Know Stanford’s resources to help you during your job search


This course is a systematic preview of all aspects of the faculty job search so that you will be well prepared to embark on the academic job search immediately. Participation is limited to those doctoral students and postdocs planning to enter the job market (even in a limited way) during the 2016-17 academic year.

"Jumpstart was a huge lifesaver. I would have been floundering on my own. The resources are great, and the sessions on what to expect in the interview and negotiation are not found elsewhere." -Lindsay, PhD candidate in social sciences, SGSI 2015 participant

This will be highly experiential and workshop focused. The schedule includes these topics:

  • An overview of the job search process
  • The landscape of higher education in the US, including different types of colleges and universities, and how faculty work varies among them
  • Identifying job listings and assessing values and fit
  • Written parts of an application. Time will be spent drafting, editing and/or reviewing: CVs, cover letters, teaching statements, and research statements. We will share information about other written elements: diversity statements and a professional web presence.
  • Verbal parts of an application. We will practice interviews. We will share information about job talks and teaching demonstrations.
  • Negotiating terms of a job offer
  • Tools for managing stress
  • Developing a plan for assembling a portfolio of materials and managing the logistics of the application process
  • Panel of faculty who have served on hiring committees
  • Panel of recent job seekers
  • Dedicated time for working on materials with coaching available

“Jumpstart gave me the dedicated and secure time and space to really think about what I want for my future and how to achieve it. With the support and dedication of the leadership team, I was able to ask my questions and truly get the guidance I was needing.” Danit, postdoctoral scholar in medicine, SGSI 2015 participant

Note: If you are trying to decide whether a faculty career is right for you, we recommend SGSI 2016: Designing the Professional.

SUNet ID required to log in. The priority application deadline is Sunday, May 8.

Last modified 03/02/2016

Rethinking Time: The Power of Multipliers (Voice & Influence Series)

Feel like you never have enough time? Stanford Business School Professor Jennifer Aaker advocates reframing your concept of time in order to achieve multiple goals at once. What Aaker calls "multipliers" are single activities that fulfill multiple commitments or goals and promote being present. It is different than multitasking, which consists of trying to do several activities at once to meet different goals. Included are further links and a downloadable discussion guide featuring exercises to help you build up your "time affluence."

Last modified 08/18/2014

Preparing and Delivering the Lecture

Via the Teaching Commons, this video features Philosophy Professor Lanier Anderson discussing strategies for preparing and delivering effective lectures. His focus is on larger courses, but smaller classes receive some attention as well. Length: one hour. 

Last modified 08/20/2014

One-on-One Consultations with Writing Consultants and Oral Communication Tutors

Hume's Writing Consultants and Oral Communication Tutors are trained, experienced tutors, many of whom have advanced degrees in different disciplines. They will assist you at any point in the writing or speaking process on any type of speaking or writing task. They can help you to brainstorm, focus, as well as organize or integrate your ideas and materials. During the academic year Hume also offers appointments with special Graduate Student Oral Communication tutors. Stanford graduate students can also apply to become a writing tutor.

Consultations are drop-in or by appointment. 

Last modified 08/06/2014

Center for Professional Development On-Demand Webinars

On-Demand Webinars by Stanford faculty, industry experts and senior researchers go beyond course curricula to address emerging academic topics and trends. Offered by the Stanford Center for Professional Development, you will find free webinars on strategy, design thinking, leadership, decision analysis and innovation, from aeronautics to statistics. They are sorted by 12 different fields. Graduate students not in the engineering and computer science fields may find the webinars on Design Thinking and Management Science and Engineering helpful.

Seminars are also offered in mobile-friendly format and can be watched at any time.

Last modified 08/27/2014