Readings About Teaching Portfolios

Selected Readings About Teaching Portfolios

The following materials, selected from the library of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, address various facets of the processes of preparing and evaluating teaching portfolios. Also included are select online references and resources.


Cross, K.P. and Angelo, T.A. (1993). Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for Collage Teachers. Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, CA.

Boice, Robert (1992). The New Faculty Member. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

An excellent book aimed at fostering professional development among pre-tenured faculty members. Throughout the book, but particularly in Chapter 10 ("Retention and Tenure") Boice emphasizes the importance of "cataloguing" professional skills and goals. Good reading for faculty and administrators.

Braskamp, Larry and Ory, John (1994). Assessing Faculty Work: Enhancing Individual and Institutional Performance. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

This book divides the assessment process into three parts: setting expectations, collecting evidence, and using evidence. It is an in-depth argument for basing evaluations on a multi-faceted portfolio of documentation.

Centra, John A. (1993). Reflective Faculty Evaluation. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

This book has something for all faculty and administrators. There are excellent discussions of the portfolio approach, the applicability of student course evaluations, and the role of department chairs in performance evaluation.

Centra, John, Froh, Peter C., Gray, Peter J., Lambert, Leo M., and Diamond, Robert M. (1987). A Guide to Evaluating Teaching for Promotion and Tenure. Center for Instructional Development, Syracuse University.

This guide is aimed at the committees and administrators who must evaluate teaching, but the guidelines it recommends are also useful for those who are preparing documentation for review.

Diamond, Robert M. (1994). Serving on Promotion and Tenure Committees: A Faculty Guide. Anker Publishing Co., Bolton, MA.

This guide is clearly written for people who serve on P&T committees. For the individual faculty member, however, it is a useful handbook for how to integrate teaching, research, and service documentation into a credible package for review.

Edgerton, R., Hutchings, P., and Quinlan, K. (1991). The Teaching Portfolio: Capturing the Scholarship in Teaching.American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.

A short and straightforward description of the teaching portfolio approach to documentation. This manual contains several sample entries and contains practical advice about how to write and use portfolios for personal career development.

Jarvis, Donald K. (1991). Junior Faculty Development: A Handbook. The Modern Language Association, New York.

The focus of this clear and practical book is on establishing institutional support systems at the department and college level to foster professional development among pre-tenured faculty. It is written for an audience of senior faculty and administrators.

Kirchling, Wayne R. (ed.) (1978). Evaluating Faculty Performance and Vitality. New Directions for Institutional Research, No. 20. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

This collection of short research articles and essays is aimed at the audience of administrators and faculty committees who need to evaluate development are included.

Millis, Barbara J. (1991). Using Peer Classroom Observations to Enhance a Teaching Portfolio. Workshop for the 16th Annual POD Conference.

This is a short manual distributed to participants at a workshop of the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education. The facilitator is Assistant Dean of Faculty Development at the University of Maryland, and has written extensively about peer evaluation.

O’Neil, Carol and Wright, Alan (1992). Recording Teaching Accomplishment. Office of Instructional Development and Technology, Dalhousie Univ., Halifax, NS.

This extremely practical guide was designed for use by faculty at Dalhousie University, and is full of sample entries for portfolios. It also addresses commonly-asked questions about the portfolio approach.

Seldin, Peter (1993). Successful Use of Teaching Portfolios . Anker Press,
Bolton, MA.

This book offers practical discussions about how to use the information in teaching portfolios for making administrative decisions, highlighting the experience of nine institutions that have used portfolios for faculty development. Also includes 17 model portfolios from across the disciplines.

Seldin, Peter (1997). The Teaching Portfolio. Anker Press, Bolton, MA.

This is the most popular guide for preparing performance documentation on the market today. It is practical, concise, and full of examples. A good place to begin reading.

Theall, Michael and Franklin, Jennifer (1990). Student Ratings of Instruction: Issues for Improving Practice. New Directions for Institutional Research, No. 43. Jossey-Bass, San Francisco.

This volume contains short research-based papers by several practitioners who have studied factors that affect the results of student evaluations of classroom teaching. Good reading for faculty and for those who evaluate them.