We look forward to expanding our course offerings in the liberal arts and sciences, wellness and health, creative writing, communication, design, and professional 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.
- Currently living in the United States and will remain in the US throughout the duration of the course. (This also applies to individuals who teach online courses).
- Have US citizenship or can verify their eligibility for employment in the US according to USCIS Form I-9.
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.
Ready to Apply?
We encourage you to review our Course Description Guidelines before submitting your proposal(s). Course descriptions that align with our program's mission and reflect these guidelines are more likely to be accepted. Once you have reviewed the document, you can access our course proposal form: continuingstudies.stanford.edu/instructor/course-proposal-form
About Stanford Continuing StudiesThe 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, wellness and health, creative writing, and professional 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.
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.