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PREPARING YOUR TEACHING PORTFOLIO. Danielle Mihram, Director Center for Excellence in Teaching University of Southern California. Frequently Asked Questions. What is a “Teaching Portfolio”? What should be included in a Teaching Portfolio? What is the purpose of a Teaching Portfolio?

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Preparing your teaching portfolio

PREPARING YOUR TEACHING PORTFOLIO

Danielle Mihram, Director

Center for Excellence in Teaching

University of Southern California


Frequently asked questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a “Teaching Portfolio”?

  • What should be included in a Teaching Portfolio?

  • What is the purpose of a Teaching Portfolio?

  • How can TAs (with limited exposure to teaching) create an effective portfolio?


What is a teaching portfolio

What is a “Teaching Portfolio?”

  • A skillfully assembled scholarly statement about your teaching. It contains :

    • A thesis statement (Your statement of your teaching philosophy)

    • Pieces of evidence

    • Descriptions and analysis of that evidence

    • A conclusion


The statement of teaching philosophy

The Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  • Lays out the portfolio’s thesis and provides the framework for the evidence to follow

  • It should answer two questions:

    • What do I expect my students to do intellectually (or physically, or emotionally) as a result of taking the course

    • How will I help them acquire those abilities?


Pieces of evidence

Pieces of Evidence

  • Course Objectives

  • Strategies used to communicate those objectives and to help students attain them

  • Means used to evaluate students’ progress toward those goals (e.g. sample course assignments, samples of student work)

  • Efforts taken to evaluate and improve your effectiveness in these areas


What is the purpose of a teaching portfolio

What is the purpose of a Teaching portfolio?

  • To document one’s teaching as it evolved over time

  • To share one’s expertise (mentoring, legacy of best practices)

  • To serve as supporting materials (hard evidence, specific data) when applying for teaching positions (particularly in the case of TAs), or for tenure and promotion.


How do i as a ta create an effective teaching portfolio

How do I, as a TA, create an Effective Teaching Portfolio?

  • If a portfolio is too premature a step for now, start thinking about opportunities on which to build

  • Be aware of “best teaching practices” in your field

  • A fine portfolio depends on “colleagueship” (Hutchings, 1998): consult peers and colleagues.

  • Observe the teaching of your professors: develop the habit of reflecting on teaching

  • If you have not taught as an instructor of record, yet have assisted in a course: start with a course portfolio


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