Stanford’s course management system allowing faculty to develop and present Web-accessible instructional materials. CourseWork can be used to publish dedicated class home pages, create and update syllabi, post schedules and send e-mail list announcements, upload and organize course materials, link to supplemental websites, distribute and evaluate assignments, and manage grading. Note that end-of-quarter final grades must be entered through Axess.


Stanford Syllabus is a central, online database for Stanford class syllabi. For information on how to upload a syllabus, please see: web.stanford.edu/group/syllabus/faqs/

The Center for Teaching and Learning has CTL has developed some useful tools to assist faculty, graduate students and other instructors in creating a syllabus. This information is available at ctl.stanford.edu/creating-syllabus.html.


Supplemental readings are either ordered online through eDoptions, a service facilitated by Stanford Bookstore or by sending an email to the bookstore staff. You are going to receive instructions via email every quarter in time to meet the quarterly deadline. The number of copies ordered should be determined by the number of enrolled students in previous years, if available. We recommend to err on the side of too many texts rather than too few. If you find later on that there are more people than expected, you can contact the bookstore directly and have extra copies ordered. As of July 2010, federal law requires that textbook information is published at the time enrollment opens each quarter (see the Stanford academic calendar). There is an interface between eFollett (Stanford’s online bookstore vendor) and Axess to ensure compliance with the law. For information on this initiative and how to use the new interface see: studentaffairs.stanford.edu/registrar/faculty/heoa.  Another way to comply is to post your syllabus or an expanded course description (including textbook information) when enrollment opens on the Stanford’s syllabus web site.

Class Readers

Preparation of course readers is the sole responsibility of adjunct faculty. If your course will have a compendium of multi-sourced articles, assemble copies of the material that can then be printed locally by the Custom Publishing Department of the Stanford Bookstore, email custompub@bookstore.stanford.edu.  Off-campus printing is available from nearby Copy America. Note that due to copyright cost, readers may become quite expensive, and unlike textbooks, students cannot sell them back. We highly recommend posting links to publicly available articles on coursework, and to limit the class reader to required material. Stanford takes careful steps to comply with all copyright regulations, and your printer must contact the publishers or a copyright clearinghouse directly to obtain the necessary permissions before printing articles for your reader.


There is a departmental photocopier for copying class material.  If you have not already received your copy code from Mark Sauer, please contact him. The Copyright Law and Fair Use Guide addresses issues concerning the use of copyrighted material that is photocopied at Stanford. Copyright and_Fair Use Overview guidelines for protecting works are also available from the SULAIR library website.

Teaching Resources

Teaching at Stanford is an instructional guide covering pedagogical methods for teaching effective and highly rewarding courses. The primary resources for information concerning the protocols and procedures of Stanford are the Administrative Guide and the Faculty Handbook, alerting faculty to the most current and up-to-date policies and procedures of the university. The Stanford Bulletin is an annual electronic publication of the Office of the University Registrar which outlines updates to university policies, course and degree requirements for Humanities & Sciences. The online Bulletin is updated each year in early August. Consult the Academic Calendar to see when grades are due and other academic due dates.

Academic Accommodations

Please remind all of your instructors that all academic accommodations should be provided by the Office of Accessible Education (OAE). Per the OAE website:

A key point here is that the faculty members should not seek to make arrangements on their own to accommodate student disabilities. If a student approaches you for a disability-related accommodation, please refer him or her immediately to the OAE.

New instructors should familiarize themselves with the OAE website; the sections on Faculty & Teaching Staff Role and Faculty FAQs may be especially helpful in understanding the role of the instructor.

Teaching Support

Technology Support for Courses is Stanford’s link-gateway to services that support teaching and learning. An introduction to teaching essentials is also provided, tailored to the needs of instructors new to Stanford. For additional teaching resources, visit the Academic Technology Lab (ATL), a resource center for faculty, instructors and TAs interested in using multimedia to improve teaching and learning and research at Stanford University.

Academic Standards at Stanford

The clauses that set the academic integrity of faculty and students in establishing and maintaining the highest standards in academic work is the Honor Code; the code that sets the everyday expectations and conduct of students while enrolled at Stanford is the Fundamental Standard; and the guide for ethical, professional, and legal standards of behavior for faculty, staff, and students at Stanford is the University Code of Conduct.