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  1. Statement of Teaching Philosophy Workshop Suzanne Martin Health/STEM Career Adviser

  2. Teaching Philosophy Yes, you really do have one…

  3. Teaching Philosophy Purpose To give the hiring committee some idea of who you are To reveal information not easily seen in your cover letter, CV, and transcripts To show you know something about the institution you plan to enter and that you are a good fit To show your commitment to the field and to STUDENTS To get you an interview and/or microteach

  4. Teaching Philosophy Content Why do you teach? What do you teach? Discipline(s) or course(s) How do you teach? Ground examples in the discipline Keep institutional mission in mind How do you measure your effectiveness?

  5. Common Mistakes Rehashing your cover letter, CV, or transcripts Underestimating the importance of the statement PROCRASTINATING Using cliches or quotations I, I, I, I, I……. (NOT student centered) Not providing examples or evidence to back up descriptive comments about yourself Making negative or condescending remarks

  6. Common Mistakes Poorly written Spelling errors Grammar problems Coming across as arrogant Example (of what TO DO): Shaun White Not demonstrating an understanding of the institution and its mission Research focus Undergraduate research commitment Religious mission Environmental mission Critical thinking focus Workforce development

  7. Organizing the Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  8. Organizing the Statement of Teaching Philosophy REMEMBER: Portray yourself as… Passionate about the field Student centered Collegial Humble (still learning) Potentially outstanding representative of that institution

  9. Organizing the Statement Hook Background in the field Be specific Use examples Commitment to teaching and learning Understanding of institutional mission, vision, values

  10. Teaching Philosophy Resources The Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/article/How-to-Write-a-Statement-of/45133/ Ohio State University Center for Advancement of Teaching http://ucat.osu.edu/teaching_portfolio/philosophy/philosophy2.html University of Michigan Center for Research on Teaching and Learning http://www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpts.php Iowa State University Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching http://www.celt.iastate.edu/teaching/philosophy.html Princeton University McGraw Library http://www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/library/for-grad-students/teaching-statement/ UCSC Career Advising http://www.delicious.com/stacks/healthstem