Constructing a Teaching Portfolio

teaching portfolio is a coherent set of materials that represents your teaching practice as related to student learning.

Begin your portfolio with a brief description of your teaching roles and responsibilities and other non-classroom teaching activities. Any activity that enriches student learning, such as tutoring, advising undergraduate students, or mentoring undergraduate researchers is appropriate to include in a teaching portfolio.

The remainder of your teaching portfolio will be structured around the teaching statement, a coherent description of your goals for student learning. Essentially, the teaching statement summarizes your teaching experiences and provides detailed examples of your classroom practices.

For every "claim" about your teaching made in the teaching statement, evidence of effective teaching must be provided. Items in this section should be strategically linked to your goals for teaching and learning as described in your teaching statement.

When constructing the portfolio be concise and selective. Decide how and in what order to present the data you've gathered from students, colleagues, and yourself. Consider the perspective of your audience and what type of evidence they will find convincing. The goal is to select, organize, and present the data in a way that brings the most compelling evidence into focus for your readers. Each piece of evidence should serve a purpose and support a claim you have made about your teaching.

Teaching portfolios vary considerably depending on their specific purpose, audience, institutional and disciplinary context, and individual needs. However, the body of a portfolio is generally about 5-8 pages long and is followed by appendices, which usually make up about 8-15 more pages.