Teaching Portfolio and Statements

Most academic postings will require you to submit a teaching statement. As with most professional documents, a poorly written teaching statement can hurt you more than a strong one can help you. A strong teaching statement demonstrates that you have seriously considered the impact of learning objectives, teaching methods on student success and that you have given though to the relationship between your research and your teaching. As you develop your materials, make sure to connect with faculty, the Kaneb Center, and Graduate Career Services to receive feedback and discuss strategies.

Teaching Portfolio Contents

Consider the following (Make sure to annotate): 

  • Table of Contents 
  • Teaching Statement 
  • Courses taught, workshops and training 
  • Sample syllabi or course plans 
  • Sample course materials 
  • Student evaluations, (testimonials)  

Teaching Statement Strategies

  • DON'T write in generalities. DO demonstrate your professional expertise and ability to add value to the department on "Day 1."
  • DON'T simply rewrite your CV. DO tailor your teaching statement to the college or university. Reflect on how your background "fits" within the current academic culture.
  • DON'T over-write. Avoid excessively general pedological statements. DO indicate how your teaching is grounded in your academic discipline and then work to connect to your research.
  • DON'T plagiarize. DO sell your unique talents and abilities.
  • DON'T forget to proof-read your documents. DO think of your teaching statement as a writing sample.