Respectful Workplace in the Teaching Setting

The School of Medicine is committed to providing a work environment that is conducive to teaching and learning, research, the practice of medicine and patient care.  Stanford’s special purposes in this regard depend on a shared commitment among all members of the community to respect each person’s worth and dignity. Because of their roles within the School of Medicine, faculty members, in particular, are expected to treat all members of the Stanford Community with civility, respect and courtesy and with an awareness of the potential impact of their behavior on staff, students and other faculty members.

For reappointment and promotion actions, application of criteria for evaluating the quality of teaching includes specific expectations regarding a faculty member’s professional behavior in the workplace.  Such factors relevant to evaluation of whether the standards for clinical performance have been met include:

  • Positive style of interaction with students
  • Availability
  • Professionalism
  • Institutional compliance and ethics
  • Effective communication skills
  • Helpfulness in learning
  • Ability to work effectively as part of the teaching team.


Results from the distribution of clinical excellence and teaching evaluation forms, as well as from referee and trainee letters, will aid reviewing bodies in assessing a faculty member’s performance in the workplace.

Teaching Resources:

The office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning promotes excellence in teaching, learning and speaking in classrooms and other teaching settings.

The Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers provides teaching support for teachers in clinical and basic science settings at Stanford and internationally.

Stanford Medicine Interactive Learning Initiatives provides interactive learning strategies, tools, resources, and pilot programs for education at the School of Medicine.

Stanford Medicine Teaching and Mentoring Academy offers workshops and programs for faculty to improve their teaching and mentoring skills.

We have a template ad hoc teaching evaluation form you can use, either via a QSF file, or a word document, for any course or presentation you provide. This QSF file can be uploaded into your Stanford qualtrics account and you may also produce a QR code once loaded into qualtrics. You can find the directions on how to do that here.