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Recommended Portfolio Contents

Below is a brief list of the many types of information that might be included or summarized in your teaching portfolio. Note: Lengthy items should be placed in an accompanying appendix and described only briefly in the main document. Items marked with a star should be part of most portfolios.

NOTE: See also Selected Readings About Teaching Portfolios.

Roles, Responsibilities, and Goals

  • starA statement describing your teaching roles and responsibilities
  • starA reflective statement of teaching goals and approaches (i.e., a teaching philosophy)
  • starA list of courses taught, with enrollments and comments regarding whether the course is new, team-taught, etc.
  • starNumber of graduate and undergraduate advisees

Representative Course Materials

  • starSyllabi
  • starCourse descriptions with details of content, objectives, methods, and procedures for evaluating student learning
  • Reading lists
  • Assignments
  • Exams and quizzes, graded and ungraded
  • Handouts, problem sets, lecture outlines
  • Descriptions and examples of visual materials used
  • Descriptions of uses of computers and other technology in teaching

Materials Showing the Extent of Student Learning

  • starScores on standardized or other tests, before and after instruction
  • starStudents' lab books or other workbooks
  • starStudents' papers, essays, or creative works
  • starGraded work from the best and poorest students
  • starExamples of your written feedback on student work

Evaluations of Teaching

  • starSummarized student evaluations of teaching, including response rate and relationship to the departmental average
  • starResults of student exit interviews
  • starComments from a peer observer or a colleague teaching the same course
  • starStatements from colleagues in the department or elsewhere, regarding the preparation of students for advanced work
  • Letters from students, preferably unsolicited
  • Letter from division head or chairperson
  • Letter from an external reviewer who has seen other elements of your documentation
  • Statements from alumni
  • Statements from employers

Contributions to Your Institution or Profession

  • Service on teaching committees
  • Development of student apprentice/internship programs
  • Assistance to colleagues on teaching matters
  • Reviews of forthcoming textbooks
  • Publications in teaching journals
  • Work on curriculum revision or development
  • Obtaining funds/equipment for teaching labs, programs
  • Participation in training programs for teaching assistants

Activities to Improve Instruction

  • Participation in seminars or professional meetings about teaching
  • Design of new courses
  • Design of interdisciplinary or collaborative courses or teaching projects
  • Use of new methods of teaching, assessing learning, grading
  • Preparation of a textbook, lab manual, courseware, etc.
  • Description of instructional improvement projects developed or carried out

Honors or Recognitions

  • Teaching awards from department, college, or university
  • Teaching awards from your profession
  • Invitations based on teaching reputation to consult, give workshops, write articles, etc.
  • Requests for advice about teaching by committees or other organized groups