Shaping the Final Portfolio

Even if the portfolio is for your own developmental purposes, formally organizing it can help make it easier to use for later reflections. If your portfolio is to be evaluated by others, the following organizational material can make the portfolio easier for your readers to follow:

  • Title page and table of contents
  • Headings and subheadings that clearly identify and separate the portfolio's components
  • In the body of the portfolio, references to material in the appendix, where appropriate
  • Brief explanatory statements accompanying each item in the appendix, where appropriate (What is the item's context, purpose, or relationship to what you have said in the body of your portfolio?)

The portfolio is a living collection of documents and materials, which change over time depending on your teaching experiences. As you progress through your academic career, new items will be added, while other items will be discarded. Once each year, when you update the research and service sections of your curriculum vita, do the same for the teaching portfolio. It's useful to collect key materials and store them in electronic format (scan items if you need to) and store them in "folders" marked Teaching, Research, and Service.