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Teaching Portfolios for Academia

Resources for teaching assistants and faculty who wish to document their teaching experience, skills, and philosophy

Purposes of a Teaching Portfolio

Teaching portfolios are used in applying for teaching positions, for promotion and tenure, and for personal and professional development and growth.  Their purposes include:

  • Self-reflection and improvement of teaching
  • Documenting accomplishments as a teacher
  • Demonstrating teaching style
  • Providing evidence of success in reaching teaching goals

Elements of Teaching Portfolios

Teaching portfolios may include a variety of written statements and documents from the instructor, examples of work from students, and observations from others.  They frequently include:

  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • information about courses taught & responsibilities
  • examples of course materials: sample course syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, exams
  • samples of student work
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness: summary of student feedback, evaluations
  • teaching awards and recognition
  • professional development efforts

The following websites provide examples of materials that might be included in a teaching portfolio.

Resources on Teaching Portfolios

  • Edgerton, R. (1991) The teaching portfolio: Capturing the scholarship in teaching. American Association for Higher Education.  ED353892 (available in Strozier Library  microfiche)
  • Seldin, Peter. (1991) The teaching portfolio : A practical guide to improved performance and promotion/tenure decisions.  Boston, MA: Anker Pub. Co.  Strozier Library  LB2333.S46 1991
  • Seldin, P., & Miller, J.E. (2009).The academic portfolio: A practical guide to documenting teaching, research, and service.  San Francisco:  Jossey Bass.  Strozier Library LB1029 .P67S45 2009
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