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OPA Program

Teaching Opportunities BBL - Pre-Collegiate Studies, Learning Circles, International Opportunities, and more!

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offers a variety of summer residential and academic year enrichment programs for academically talented middle and high school students, and provides many teaching opportunities, both at Stanford and overseas, for those interested in building or deepening their instructional skills. Options range from smaller commitments of only a few hours per week, to developing and teaching an intensive three-week course that reflects the instructor’s passions and expertise.

Academic Chats: Preparing a Teaching Portfolio

Teaching portfolios are expected in applications for many academic positions. We will discuss what needs to be included in such documents, how to develop a teaching philosophy statement as part of the statement and how to gather relevant material over time and not just at once when you are nearing the end of your postdoc.

Guest Speakers: Dr. Stephanie Eberle,  Assistant Dean, School of Medicine Career Center and Dr. Amanda Modell, Associate Director of Graduate Teaching Programs, Center for Teaching and Learning

Academic Chats: Getting the Right Start-up Package to Enhance Your Success as a New Professor: Learning How To Negotiate Effectively

Negotiating for an academic position is not like buying a car or a house, where you will have little or no contact with the seller afterwards. You may very well end up in a significant long-term professional relationship with many of the people you will be talking to, so you want to get what you need while setting the stage for long-term success. This chat will discuss how to make this happen, while having everyone on-board afterwards.

Pedagogy Journal Club: Gender Gap in Science Performance and Learning

Topic: Gender Gap in Science Performance and Learning

Required Readings:

Miyake, A., Kost-Smith, L. E., Finkelstein, N. D., Pollock, S.J., Cohen, G. L., & Ito, T.A. (2010). Reducing the Gender Achievement Gap in College Science: A Classroom Study of Values Affirmation. Science, 330 (6008); pp. 1234–1237. doi: 10.1126/science.1195996 -- LINK

Recommended Readings:

Academic Chats: Managing Your Research Program as a New Professor: Guidelines on Establishing Effective Faculty-Student Research Relationships

This chat will focus on how to set the right expectations for your students in terms of work ethic, sharing resources, participating in meetings and seminars, deciding on the appropriate attributions for authorship, and more.

Guest Speakers: John Boothroyd, Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Friedrich Prinz, Professor, Mechanical Engineering  & Materials Science and Engineering, and Sharon Pitteri, Associate Professor,  Radiology

Designing Your Postdoc

In this session, you'll have an opportunity to apply design thinking to your postdoctoral training and reflect on who you are, where you are going, and how you can get there.

You'll identify resources and plan to apply them to your training in the right place at the right time. The work we do together will support a thoughtful and balanced individual development plan.

Designing Your Postdoc

In this session, you'll have an opportunity to apply design thinking to your postdoctoral training and reflect on who you are, where you are going, and how you can get there.

You'll identify resources and plan to apply them to your training in the right place at the right time. The work we do together will support a thoughtful and balanced individual development plan.

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