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About Us


Stanford Continuing Studies is pleased to announce that the course proposal cycle for Fall 2021 is open! Fall proposals are due by Tuesday, March 23, 2021. 

We look forward to expanding our online course offerings in liberal arts and sciences, creative writing, wellness, medicine and health, communication, design, and professional and personal development.

We are seeking instructors who can skillfully and engagingly translate complex concepts and cutting-edge topics into course offerings that will engage a general audience of adult learners from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
  • All instructors should have an advanced degree or relevant industry expertise in the area they teach. (Liberal arts instructors should also have completed a PhD in their subject.)
  • All instructors should ideally have prior teaching experience.


Contact Jennifer Deitz, Director and Associate Dean for Stanford Continuing Studies, at cspcourseplanning@stanford.edu.

Ready to apply?
Please fill out the Course Proposal Form.

Note: The submission deadline for Summer proposals has passed. (The deadline was December 8, 2020). If you submitted a proposal for the Summer quarter, you will receive a response by mid-February.

Guidelines for Instructors and Courses
  • Courses should be designed to be accessible and engaging to a wide, general audience. Students entering the course with no prior knowledge should be able to succeed.
  • Courses should be appropriately challenging, rich in content, thoughtfully designed, and highly organized.
  • Instructors should bring intellectual rigor, openness, balance, and integrity to their pedagogy. Subjects and skills being taught should be informed by reliable research and evidence drawn from reputable sources.
  • Courses that help students understand how to apply higher-level concepts and theories in practical ways to their everyday lives are likely to be successful. Topics that are primarily theoretical, technical, abstract, narrow, or niche are less popular. ​​

Instructor Eligibility
Currently, Stanford Continuing Studies is only able to hire instructors who are:
  • Currently living in the United States and will remain in the US throughout the duration of the course.
  • Currently have US citizenship or an applicable work visa that will remain valid (not expire) throughout the full duration of the course.

About Our Program
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.

Continuing Studies offers more than 600 courses per year, attracting more than 17,000 students. We offer a rich lineup of courses in the liberal arts and sciences, creative writing, and professional and personal development. Most courses meet on Stanford’s campus in the evenings, or on a Saturday. And, for those students who can’t easily make it to campus, we now offer a growing number of online courses across various disciplines. (Due to COVID-19 health concerns all Continuing Studies courses are currently being offered online.)

Since the program's inception in 1988, more than 1,000 Stanford faculty and academic staff have taught in Continuing Studies. They are joined by carefully recruited artists, journalists, business people, and academics from neighboring institutions. All Continuing Studies courses are open to adult students everywhere.