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About Us


Jennifer DeitzStanford Continuing Studies invites you to join our open learning community. Each year, more than 17,000 lifelong learners take our courses in Liberal Arts & Sciences, Wellness & Health, Creative Writing, and Professional Development. We have no formal application process, and all adults are welcome to attend. We are here to help you nourish your mind in the company of Stanford Continuing Studies instructors and your fellow students.

With the warm support of the University, its President, and its Provost; the enthusiastic participation of Stanford's faculty and academic staff; the dedicated commitment of our own administrative staff; and—most importantly—the loyalty of engaged students, we encourage you to enrich your mind, cultivate your curiosity, and join us today.

Our Mission

The mission of Stanford Continuing Studies is to share the rich educational resources of Stanford University with adult students, to nurture a vibrant learning community, to nourish the life of the mind, and to promote the pleasures of intellectual exploration.

Our Staff

Stanford Continuing Studies Program Leadership
Jennifer Deitz
Associate Dean and Director, Stanford Continuing Studies 

Nate Boswell
Assistant Dean, Stanford Continuing Studies
Stanford Continuing Studies and Summer Session Programs Unit Leadership
Dan Colman
Dean, Stanford Continuing Studies and Summer Session Programs

Program and Unit Directors and Staff
Connie Balsama, Administrative Associate
Hilary Becker, Marketing Specialist
Jennifer Bijan, Facilities & HR Coordinator
Noah Brennan-Greenbaum, Academic Records Officer
Susan Bush, Digital Publication Editor & Production Manager
Eddie Carrillo, Academic Technology Specialist
Laura Chiang-Lind, Senior Academic Technology Specialist
Katie DeRosa, Instructor Affairs & HR Specialist
Lauren Etchells, Academic Technology Specialist
Angel Evan, Business & Technology Curriculum Director
Gina Freeman, Director of Finance 
Liz Frith, Senior Manager of Course Planning
Elana Hornstein, Director of Operations
Kris Kern, Business Manager
Teresa Kpachavi, Director of Learning, Design, and Technology
Eli Lev, Technology Manager
Rachel Lubrin, HR Administrator
Holly Odorfer, Manager of Operations
Libby Ordoñez, Course Planning Specialist
Rachel Shirkey, Instructional Designer
Lee Ann Soares, Senior Human Resources Administrator
Amy Tollafield, Senior Manager of Student Services
Dave Vernon, Course Technology Specialist
Emma Walker, Director of Marketing
Malena Watrous, Writing Certificate Lead & Creative Writing Coordinator