Advanced doctoral students competing for faculty positions are increasingly asked to provide documentation of their teaching experience, ability and effectiveness. Evidence indicates that a teaching portfolio is the preferred method of gathering and presenting this information. Therefore the Office of Graduate Studies will use the teaching portfolio as part of the application process for the Outstanding TA Award and as the most important qualification for the Teaching Assistant Certificate.
The contents of a portfolio vary according to the preferences of the candidate, the conventions of the discipline and the desired audience/award. The following items are typical:
- reflective statement on the candidate’s teaching theories, goals, and practices
- copies of syllabi, paper topics, examinations, or other course handouts
- one or more sets of student evaluations, with the candidates commentary on them
- videotape of the candidate in one or more kinds of teaching situations (for example, lecturing, leading a discussion)
- report of any faculty mentors’ class visitation
teaching-related projects designed by the candidate
- documentation of teaching awards
- prospectus for course(s) the candidate would like to teach in the future
- scholarly activities and their relation to the candidate’s teaching
- letters of recommendation from mentors or advisors (the Teaching Assistant Certificate also requires a final summary assessment by the faculty teaching mentor)
Teaching Portfolio Workshop
The teaching portfolio is the analog of a professional/research CV and in its essentials contains material that documents or displays accomplishments in teaching. More and more, teaching portfolios are being required by universities and colleges from prospective hires while companies find them useful as indicators of ability to handle meetings and presentations.
The Teaching Portfolio is one of the criteria for TA Certificates awarded for completion of the teaching assistant workshop.
Register for a Teaching Portfolio Workshop
The Office of Graduate Studies offers the Teaching Portfolio workshop for all graduate students who have been teaching assistants. The workshop is held at various times during the Academic Year, please check the events & workshops page.