We’re always interested in meeting Stanford faculty, post docs, graduate students, and undergrads who want to get involved. (These are volunteer opportunities, not paid positions.)
Faculty, Post Docs and Grad Students Instructors
Instructors are usually selected in the Spring for the upcoming summer and the following academic year. Classes can be team taught or taught solo.
Generally, we have 3 - 4 undergraduate writing tutors per quarter and we give preference to students who can commit to more than one quarter. Tutors are selected as vacancies become available.
joanberry [at] stanford.edu (Email Joan Berry) for more information about participating in the Hope House Scholars Program as an instructor or tutor.
Reflections from faculty, grad students and undergrads who've participated in our Hope House Scholars Program
"Teaching at Hope House certainly was an extremely powerful experience for me. The times that I worked with these women may have taught me much more than I was able to transmit to them. Teaching takes on added urgency and importance when viewed from the standpoint of students who want to reconstruct their lives. I felt an enormous responsibility and challenge to convince them that the classroom could be a venue for transformation, as well as joy and illumination, and not the source of the failure that many had internalized."
Allison - Grad Student
"Hope House is a fantastic opportunity to learn to teach in a different setting with students very different from Stanford undergrads. The experience has expanded my capacities as a teacher, challenging me in new and unexpected ways. In addition, as a woman, I really enjoyed teaching the Hope House women, many of whom are about my age. The parallels in our lives made it easy to build rapport.
"The classroom is louder than Stanford, and while you have to work harder to keep the students' attention, generally I found teaching at Hope House an easy and pleasurable experience. The students were always respectful, funny, sharp, and motivated to learn and interact with us."
Connie - Undergrad
"Tutoring at Hope House has probably been the single most important part of my Stanford experience in terms of informing what I find to be meaningful and important work. It’s influenced how I’m going to teach in the future in that I will never underestimate anyone. And I want to expose my middle school students to philosophy and abstract thought, because it’s so good for people, and there’s no reason why it should be relegated to the small percentage of people who are able to access the professors and the resources we have here at Stanford.
"A lot of times, we think of service in terms of you giving something to somebody: you have something that is coveted by another, and you impart it on them. But I’ve gotten so much from Hope House. It’s been essential to my experience at Stanford."