The CTL supports graduate students in creating Teaching Portfolios that document their teaching experiences. Portfolios provide and contextualize evidence of teaching experience, effectiveness, and development. While job or award opportunities asking for teaching portfolios can vary widely in their requested components, typical categories include, but are not limited to:
- Teaching Philosophy Statement
- Documentation of Your Teaching
- Course descriptions including your responsibilities
- Sample teaching materials (syllabi, assignments, assessments)
- Materials Demonstrating Student Learning
- Sample student work
- Sample instructor feedback
- Teaching Effectiveness
- Teaching-Related Professional Development
- Participation in workshops, seminars, professional meetings, or courses on teaching
- Contributions to the Teaching Profession and/or Your Institution
- Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (projects, presentations, publications)
- Assistance to colleagues on teaching matters
- Work on curriculum revision or development
See below for sample portfolios. Additional sample portfolios and portfolio consultations are available through the Center for Teaching and Learning.
The Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University has an excellent overview of teaching portfolios, including general guidelines, the role they play on the job market, and additional samples and resources.
Digital teaching portfolios are also increasingly popular. "Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio" from Edutopia offers some good tips for developing an online version of your teaching portfolio. For a sample of a digital portfolio, please see Dr. Karyn Olsen's digital teaching portfolio.