• Teaching Portfolio

Architects, photographers, and artists all have portfolios in which they display their best work. The teaching portfolio would do the same thing.  Peter Seldin, 2004 **Information adapted from the CTE at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign**

What is a Teaching Portfolio?

"A teaching portfolio is a coherent set of materials, including work samples and reflective commentary on them, compiled by a faculty member to inquire into and represent his or her teaching practice as related to student learning and development." -- Pat Hutchings, (1993) American Association of Higher Education.

    * A collection of materials that document one’s teaching performance
    * A means to highlight one’s significant teaching accomplishments
    * A document that can lead to self-reflection as well as tenure and promotion decisions

Why Create a Portfolio? What is the purpose of a Portfolio?

There are several reasons why a teacher would need to create a teaching portfolio. The most common are for hiring decisions, promotion and tenure, and sometimes for teaching awards. 

    * A portfolio can help one reflect on and improve one’s teaching.
    * A well prepared portfolio that highlights an applicant’s teaching effectiveness can aid in the search for a faculty position.
    * Like well documented research and publication activities, a teaching portfolio can be an asset in the tenure and promotion process.

Characteristics of an Effective Teaching Portfolio

    * Careful selection and thoughtful organization
    * Accurate and well-rounded
    * Claims that are supported by empirical evidence

Contents of a Teaching Portfolio

Peter Seldin, who has written extensively on teaching portfolios, suggests that the materials should come evenly from three different areas: 1) information from self, such as a statement of teaching philosophy and reflections; 2) information from others, such as student, faculty, or peer evaluations; and 3) products, such as course materials. Some aspects that you may want to include in your portfolio:  

    * Teaching Responsibilities
    * Statement of Teaching Philosophy
    * Teaching Methodology, Strategies, Objectives
    * A Curriculum Vitae
    * Description of Course Materials (Syllabi, Handouts, Assignments, Lesson Plan)
    * Teaching Goals: Short- and Long-Term
    * Efforts to Improve Teaching
    * Student Ratings
    * Innovations in Teaching
    * Products of Teaching (Evidence of Student Learning)
The above contents are an abbreviated list from Peter Seldin’s book, The Teaching Portfolio, A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions, 2nd ED.

Portfolio Resources

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is a good resource for those contemplating an e-portfolio. The Foundation provides a free online service, the KEEP Toolkit, for constructing and sharing web pages.

Preparing a Teaching Portfolio: A Guidebook, from the Center for Teaching Effectiveness at the University of Texas-El Paso

Seldin, P. (2004).  The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions, 3rd edition. Boston MA: Anker Publishing Company.

Cambridge, B. L. (Ed.) (2001).  Electronic portfolios: Emerging practices in student, faculty, and institutional learning. Sterling VA: Stylus Publishing.

Hutchings, P. (ed.). (1998). The course portfolio: How faculty can examine their teaching to advance practice and improve student learning. Washington DC: American Association for Higher Education,

Murray, J. P. (1997). Successful Faculty Development and    Evaluation: The Complete Teaching Portfolio.  ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education.



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