CS198 - Teaching Computer Science

Apply to Section Lead

Are you interested in teaching and want a fun job that makes a difference? If so, apply to become a section leader for the CS106 program!

The application deadline for Autumn 2021 has passed. The application for Winter 2022 will be available at the beginning of the next quarter.

Before applying, be sure to read
About the CS198 Program to familiarize yourself with the structure of CS198, particularly the responsibilities of the section leader position. In particular, ensure that:
  • You'll have room in your study list to enroll in 3-4 units of CS198 in your first quarter
  • You'll be able to attend CS106 staff meetings on Mondays from 4:00-5:00pm
  • For the first four weeks of the quarter, you'll be able to attend workshops (tentatively Monday 7:00-8:30PM and Wednesday 5:30-7:00PM or 7:00-8:30PM).
The online application consists of a few informational questions, a few code debugging questions, a few questions where you are asked to explain a CS topic to someone, and several short answer questions. We attempt to interview as many qualified applicants as possible, but, that said, we cannot, regrettably, interview everyone.

There are two interviews: a teaching interview and a technical interview. The teaching portion consists primarily of a fifteen-minute presentation of a typical section problem. Qualified teaching applicants will then be asked to come in for technical interview. The technical portion is a simulation of a LaIR helper shift, where the applicant plays the part of a course helper and helps correct an excerpt of buggy code. We look for demonstrated and potential teaching ability, effective communication skills, interpersonal skills, flexibility under pressure, enthusiasm, and strong technical ability.

For more information about the CS198 program, e-mail the coordinators, Eunji Lee, Kara Eng, and Trip Master, at cs198@cs.stanford.edu.