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Student Job Opportunity: MED 235 Teaching Assistant

Course Details

Position Description:

The Center for Innovation in Global Health is seeking a Teaching Assistant for Winter Quarter 2024 (at 25%, 10 hours per week) for “Designing Research-Based Interventions to Solve Global Health Problems,” a highly popular and exciting class taught for its 8th year by Dr. Piya Sorcar.

The class will meet Thursdays (3-5:50 PM) and is cross-listed with programs in African Studies, Human Biology, Epidemiology and the Graduate School of Education. 

This class is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and provides an immersive educational experience into the world of social entrepreneurship, global health and education. Partnered with TeachAids, a global award-winning nonprofit, this course introduces students to the major principles of research-based design and integrates instruction supported by several game-changing social leaders. The class culminates in a formal presentation to an interdisciplinary panel of experts in Silicon Valley. This is an incredible opportunity for a TA to gain valuable experience in learning how to design one of Stanford’s most innovative health education programs, which has scaled to 82 countries. 

Qualified candidates should be Stanford graduate students with an interest in social justice. Candidates must be exceptional communicators (written and verbal), highly organized, logistically-minded, and attentive to detail. Ideally, but not required, candidates will have international development experience and/or interest in social entrepreneurship.

The Teaching Assistant’s responsibilities include:

  • Weekly tasks include tracking student attendance, updating and maintaining course website on Canvas, grading assignments, and attending all course lectures (3-5:50 PM PST on Thursdays).
  • The TA will assist Dr. Sorcar in sourcing and preparing teaching materials, preparing lecture slides, and occasionally presenting slides on behalf of course instructors and guest lecturers.
  • The TA will maintain weekly office hours with students to be scheduled on an as-needed basis. During office hours, students will primarily be seeking guidance on the group project. Therefore, the TA should have a thorough understanding of the project expectations and deliverable. This knowledge about the project will be gained through a pre-course meeting with the course assistant.
  • The TA will also attend weekly meetings with the course instructor and the course assistant and review upcoming content.
  • This course has been designated as a Cardinal Course by the Haas Center for Public Service. As such, the TA will work with the course assistant to produce any deliverables required by the Haas Center for Public Service.
  • Course logistics and communications will be managed by Yosefa Gilon. In the event of her absence, the TA will be expected to step into this role.

Opportunities and Benefits:

This position is an exciting opportunity to work directly with Dr. Sorcar, founder and CEO of TeachAids, and other ground-breaking leaders in the global health space. There is the opportunity for in-depth evaluation of the course content and curriculum, should the TA have this skillset or a desire to develop skills in this area. If interested, the TA may work with Dr. Sorcar and Haas Center leadership on curriculum development for the following year’s course.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to commit to 10 hours per week.
  • Complete tasks efficiently and in a timely fashion. 
  • Experience using PowerPoint, creating new presentations with compelling images, graphs, and data.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Interest in global health, education, and social justice.

Position Supervisor: Yosefa Gilon, Associate Director for Global Health Education, Center for Innovation in Global Health

Hours: The TA will be hired at 25% time working a total of 10 hours per week. The official start date will be January 8, 2024. 

Compensation: The pay will be consistent with the Minimum Assistantship Salary Table.

Application: Application deadline is October 23rd, 2023. Interested candidates should contact Yosefa Gilon ( with a resume and brief cover letter citing any previous experience by Monday, October 23rd 2023. Applicants must be current graduate students at Stanford University.