Teaching Portfolios

Teaching portfolios are invaluable tools for faculty members seeking to showcase their teaching excellence, foster professional development, and advance their careers in academia. By carefully documenting teaching philosophy, evidence, and reflections, educators can effectively demonstrate their dedication to quality teaching and student success.

What is a Teaching Portfolio?

A teaching portfolio is a curated collection of documents, evidence, and reflections that demonstrate a faculty member's teaching effectiveness, philosophy, and growth over time. It provides a comprehensive overview of one's teaching approach, methods, and outcomes. Think of it as a professional dossier specifically tailored to highlight your teaching prowess.

Common Components of a Teaching Portfolio

  • Teaching Philosophy: A statement that articulates your beliefs about teaching and learning.
  • Course Materials: Examples of syllabi, assignments, lecture notes, and other instructional materials.
  • Student Feedback: Evaluations, testimonials, and student comments that reflect on your teaching effectiveness.
  • Evidence of Innovation: Demonstrations of creative teaching methods, technology integration, or curriculum development.
  • Professional Development: Documentation of workshops, conferences, or courses attended to improve teaching skills.
  • Teaching Awards and Recognitions: Recognition received for outstanding teaching performance.
  • Reflections and Goals: Self-assessment and reflections on teaching experiences, along with future teaching goals.

Benefits of a Teaching Portfolio

  • Showcase Teaching Excellence: A well-crafted portfolio demonstrates your commitment to effective teaching practices and highlights your achievements.
  • Job Applications and Promotion: Teaching may be required for job applications, tenure evaluations, and promotions.
  • Self-Reflection and Improvement: The process of creating a portfolio encourages self-reflection and continuous improvement in teaching practices.
  • Professional Development: Building a portfolio compels faculty members to engage in ongoing professional development activities to enhance their teaching skills.
  • Evidence-Based Teaching: Portfolios provide tangible evidence of teaching effectiveness, which can be used to support claims of teaching excellence during performance evaluations.

Faculty Success offers a 3 ½ day workshop where participants receive individual mentoring throughout completion of a teaching portfolio.