Teaching and Mentoring Resources

In support of teaching and mentoring development and innovation throughout the School of Medicine, the Academy will make available teaching and mentoring opportunities, faculty development, and other resources for faculty related to teaching and mentoring. The Academy strives to build and maintain a community of educators and mentors with the commonality of purpose and passion for teaching and mentoring and strive to be of support with these resources.

Stanford-based Teaching and Mentoring Resources

Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning, School of Medicine


The goal of the Center for Immersive and Simulation-based Learning (CISL) is to provide the coordination and integration of effort and link the activities of the diverse simulation facilities and experts within Stanford University Medical Center. CISL provides a single point of focus and expertise on the use of immersive and simulation-based techniques in health care.


Clayman Institute for Gender Research


The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research creates knowledge and seeks to implement change that promotes gender equality at Stanford, nationally, and internationally. The Clayman Institute offers Stanford Faculty Research Fellowships to Members of the Academic Council and Members of the Medical Center Line in the Stanford faculty, who are also Faculty Affiliates of the Clayman Institute.


Lytics Lab


A research laboratory at Stanford, the Lytics Lab is a catalyst for innovation and collaboration in educational data science. We engage in use-driven research and data-driven design to develop our collective knowledge around improving online learning.


Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, School of Medicine


The Office of Faculty Development and Diversity (OFDD) serves to develop all faculty to their fullest potential as academic, clinical, and community leaders and to promote the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty. OFDD strives towards creating an organizational culture that values the contributions of all members, encourages a broad and open approach to teaching, research, and patient care, and provides an intellectually and socially attractive environment for all people.


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Towards supporting Stanford’s research and educational mission, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs oversees, develops and manages policies related to postdoctoral scholars at Stanford; offers educational programs and services to postdoctoral scholars; and collaborates with University organizations, faculty, postdocs, their administrators and external entities in order to facilitate an experience that supports the personal growth and professional development of each postdoc as a trainee and in preparation for an independent research, professional and academic career.


Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity


The Faculty Development and Diversity Office supports the faculty through a variety of programs, such as orientation, talks, workshops, and events for new and junior faculty, department chairs and deans, and initiatives supporting faculty diversity.


Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education


The Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) works collaboratively across the University to ensure that every graduate student has the best possible education. VPGE's initiatives and resources enrich students' academic experiences at Stanford, advancing diversity, preparing leaders, and positioning Stanford at the forefront of innovation in graduate education.


Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning


The Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) collaborates with faculty and departments to enrich the depth and range of Stanford learning experiences. VPTL leverages digital technology to make Stanford research and scholarship more broadly accessible beyond campus. VPTL also supports the growing interest in extended educational programs, which provide meaningful learning opportunities to additional audiences around the world.



In 2015-16, VPTL is hosting the Year of Learning, a year-long series of events and initiatives for the Stanford community, to engage faculty, instructors, students, staff and alumni in thinking about the past, present and future of teaching and learning at Stanford - and beyond.


Open Learning Initiative


The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is a grant-funded organization that offers innovative online courses to anyone who wants to learn or teach. OLI’s goal is to create high-quality courses and contribute original research to improve learning and transform higher education.


Stanford Digital Learning Forum


The Digital Learning Forum affiliates program was launched by the Vice Provost for Online Learning to engage companies and other organizations interested in the future of learning in a digital world. The program is designed to bring together program members with Stanford faculty, students, and staff who are involved in online learning initiatives to facilitate strong relationships between academia and industry.


Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers, School of Medicine


The Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers (SFDC) has two major objectives: to disseminate teaching improvement courses to medical faculty nationally and internationally through our facilitator-training programs in Clinical Teaching and Basic Science Teaching; and SFDC graduates are available to conduct workshops for other institutions and organizations.


Stanford Teaching Commons


The Teaching Commons website provides numerous teaching and learning resources for faculty. Faculty are able explore teaching and learning developments at Stanford and beyond, and engage with the Stanford community committed to innovative teaching.