For Faculty: Leading an SCPKU Graduate Seminar


Photo credit: 
Ge Wang, Stanford University



The Stanford Center at Peking University (SCPKU) offers three-week graduate seminars designed and taught by Stanford faculty from any school or discipline. The seminars target Stanford graduate students; Chinese university students will be invited to join some seminars. Seminars will be limited to 16 students (8 Stanford students maximum) and one Stanford teaching assistant (TA) will support each seminar. No China expertise is required.

Faculty will receive a $7500 teaching supplement (subject to university approval) and support for travel and living expenses while the seminar is in session; they may also be eligible to receive one extra week of support in China, including research funds, immediately before or after seminars to conduct their own work in China.


Faculty Eligibility

All Stanford Academic Council members, Medical Center Line Faculty, and Active Emeriti are eligible to submit seminar proposals. (For team-taught seminars, only the lead instructor submitting the proposal must have this status.) A faculty advisory committee representing a cross-section of Stanford’s academic community will review all proposals and make selections. In the selection process, the advisory committee will strive for diversity of disciplines and the potential for seminars to leverage local resources. Fieldwork and research methods seminars are encouraged. The advisory committee will also determine eligibility for the one extra week of support in China immediately before or after the seminar.


Faculty Seminar Proposals Process

Stanford faculty members interested in teaching graduate seminars at SCPKU are welcome to submit seminar proposals (one per calendar year) online here. Applicants will be notified when their proposals have been received and decisions will be announced within two months of the proposal deadlines as indicated below.

As part of the application process, faculty will indicate a prioritized set of calendar windows when they would like to teach their seminar. Faculty can teach a seminar at any time; however, in order to maximize availability of potential graduate TAs, we recommend that they consider timeframes when the students are not enrolled in classes (e.g., mid-August to mid-September). To best accommodate preferred calendar windows and optimize SCPKU space utilization, SCPKU encourages applicants to submit proposals to the earliest possible application review period.  Applicants must also identify both an administrative assistant and finance manager in his/her department who will help to facilitate travel, housing and other logistics as well as process travel and other seminar-related expenses with guidance from the SCPKU staff as needed.  SCPKU will provide comprehensive information about how to manage these logistics.


Faculty Seminar Proposal Deadlines


July 15, 2018

January 15, 2019


Seminar Length and Dates

SCPKU graduate seminars will typically last 19-21 days. A standard breakdown is: 1 arrival day, 1 orientation day, 15 seminar days, 2 free days, and 1 departure day. Student accommodations should be arranged from the evening of the arrival date until the night prior to the departure date and should not exceed 21 nights.


Course Credit and Grading

SCPKU graduate seminars are non unit-bearing and grades will not be assigned. Students who would like to enroll for credit may consult with faculty and their individual departments to explore "directed research" opportunities.


Faculty Responsibilities

The responsibilities for faculty teaching a graduate seminar at SCPKU are more comprehensive than the standard duties associated with teaching a seminar on the Stanford campus. For more information on faculty responsibilities and conditions, please refer to Faculty Guidelines and Responsibilities.

Faculty are also strongly encouraged to contact the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning office which provides grants and consulting services to advance teaching and learning innovation at Stanford.



SCPKU is Stanford’s headquarters for faculty and students engaged in research, teaching, training and outreach activities in China. The Center is located on the PKU campus in the Haidian District of Beijing, which is known for its rich intellectual community, including top universities, research academies and government agencies. The 3400-square-meter center is designed as a resource for the entire Stanford community, providing collaborative spaces and offices as well as support services to facilitate the work of scholars and programs. SCPKU is a focal point for building academic and educational networks throughout East Asia, bringing together established researchers and a new generation of young scholars to create a vibrant and dynamic hub of intellectual exchange and collaboration.


For More Information

Contact Leigh Wang for more information about SCPKU's Graduate Seminar Program and other programs and events at the center.


 Photo credit:  Ge Wang, Stanford CCRMA

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