Skip to content Skip to navigation


The Office of Faculty Development (OFD), led by Vice Provosts Sarah Church and Matt Snipp, supports the faculty through a variety of programs, such as orientation, workshops, and events for new and early career faculty, department chairs and deans, and initiatives supporting faculty diversity. Now part of OFD, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) facilitates the development of teaching expertise and learner-centered approaches in teaching, including rigorous and thoughtful ongoing assessment and feedback to improve learning outcomes. OFD also assists in faculty recruitment and retention efforts to ensure that Stanford has an excellent and diverse faculty. The office works with deans, chairs and search committees with outreach efforts in developing talented and diverse applicant pools, and serves as a central resource for all faculty recruits and newly hired faculty in their transition to the Stanford community. 

A Message from the Vice Provosts

The Office of Faculty Development hopes that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy in these exceptional times. We especially appreciate and thank you for your flexibility in switching from in-person to virtual classes and adapting your research programs in the face of the Bay Area's shelter in place orders. 

We are aware that you have many concerns during these changing times. Many of you have young families and undoubtedly school and daycare closures have been a signifcant challenge. Financial worries also may arise because a spouse or partner may be unable to work or has lost a job. Some of you may be wondering about the status of your tenure review or re-appointment. Others may be needing mental health support for themselves or a loved one. Please visit the OFD COVID-19 Resources and keep in mind the services of the Faculty Staff Help Center and the WorkLife Office, albeit limited by current public health ordinances. 

In order to better support you at this time, we are asking for your feedback as our office is actively working together with our campus partners and University leadership to address your needs and issues. In the coming weeks we also hope to host informational webinars to address some of these concerns. Please use the link above to contact us, or email: