Stanford Professional Development Resources


The Office for the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning provides a wealth of information and support services for continued development and evaluation of your teaching.  Recent workshop titles include: "Making small groups work – in and out of the Classroom" and "Teaching Portfolio Series."  VPTL also offers videotaping, small group evaluations, classroom observation, and other aids as listed at the Stanford Teaching Commons. You can visit VPTL's website to learn more about the services they provide for teaching faculty.


The Oral Communication Program, directed by Doree Allen, works in collaboration with PWR to support the PWR 2 curriculum.  The program offers workshops, tutoring appointments, and in-class tutoring support.

  • Workshops:  Oral Communication Program lecturers are happy to visit PWR 2 classes to offer hour-long workshops on various aspects of oral communication (e.g., general speaking tips, effective use of visual aids, overcoming speech anxiety, etc.).

  • Tutoring Appointments: Oral Communication Tutors (OCTs) are available to meet with students to provide feedback on all aspects of designing and delivering oral presentations.  OCTs can videotape practice presentations and offer coaching on brainstorming, presentation organization, delivery, effective use of PowerPoint, and overcoming speech anxiety.  Students can schedule appointments online at  OCT appointments are held in the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, Building 250 on the main quad.

  • In-Class Tutoring Support: OCTs can also visit PWR 2 classes to introduce OCT services, give feedback on talks, work with small groups, or facilitate discussions about oral presentations.

For more information about the Oral Communication Program, contact Doree Aleen at


The Office of the President provides all Stanford employees who hold teaching titles with a set of essential guidelines and policies.  You can review the Handbook online at