Teaching Statement

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.  

Your Teaching Statement: Don't. Just Don't.

  • 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.

More information about the academic teaching statement can be found in our downloadable PDF: Statement of Teaching Philosophy and the Academic Portfolio

Recommended Reading

Teaching Statement as a Self-Portrait, Mary Ann Lewis, Ohio State University, for Vitae (Chronicle of Higher Education)

How to Write a Teaching Statement That Sings, Vitae's complete guide to Teaching Statements (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions, Peter Seldin

The Academic Job Search Handbook, Julia Miller Vick, Jennifer Furlong, and Rosanne Lurie

Digital Resources

Graduate Career Services has a Pinterest Page where we have collected a wide variety of expertly curated online content that may be of interest to graduate students.  Check out our Teaching: Practice and Philosophy board for more tips and advice!