Teaching in Thinking Matters

Teaching a course in the Thinking Matters program is uniquely rewarding. Students are eager to learn because they receive their #1 choice among the many options that satisfy the liberal education requirement. First year students bring fresh ideas and unbounded enthusiasm to the classroom and often inspire their instructors to new insights. Thinking Matters courses are all team taught, generating creative collaborations between Stanford faculty and fellows selected through a competitive national search. The learning environment is student–centered with the goal of engaging first-year students in the life of the mind.

Teaching Resources

Prof. Matsumoto

Information for faculty.

Rob Furrow

Information for fellows.

TM new course

Interested in teaching in Thinking Matters? Instructions on proposing a new course.

Thinking Matters Fellowship

Fellowship overview and application instructions.

Technology resources

Resources available for Thinking Matters faculty and fellows.

TM team teaching

Thinking Matters courses break the normal conventions of teaching by establishing strong team collaboration among faculty and fellows.

TM tutorials

Tutorials present the opportunity to personalize the attention to student learning.


Listing of Thinking Matters Alumni.