A 2003 Survey
indicates that over 97% of the responding faculty and 100% of the responding
TAs found it "worthwhile to write a portfolio."
and TAs Value Teaching Portfolios
annual Teaching Portfolio Workshops on Analyzing and Improving Teaching
(1995-2001), serving more than 90 faculty members and over 70 TAs, we
decided to take a closer look at former participants' perceptions of their
experiences of writing and having a teaching portfolio, as well as their
long-term memories of the workshop itself. We are grateful for the generous
funding from an anonymous alumna of the French Department and for the
expert staff help from the Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies
that enabled us to survey 155 faculty and TAs. NOTE: To access the web
version of the survey, complete with bar charts, click
data are extremely positive, with over 97% of the responding faculty and
100% of the responding TAs stating that they found it "worthwhile
to write a portfolio." This statistic reflects an ongoing theme of
respondents' additional comments: They found it highly beneficial and
satisfying to analyze their teaching by writing a portfolio and by discussing
ideas with colleagues. Moreover, 93% of the faculty and 100% of the TAs
found the Teaching Portfolio Workshop to be useful. The overall value
respondents ascribed to having a portfolio was also high: 85% of both
the faculty and the TAs found that it has been "very valuable"
or "somewhat valuable" to have a teaching portfolio. They testify
most frequently that they use their portfolios in ways central to Portfolio
- To think
about/reflect on/analyze their teaching.
- To document
what they do as teachers.
although the workshop does not focus on using portfolios for promotion
and tenure purposes, or for considering relationships between teaching
and research, many faculty and TAs (now faculty members) have found their
portfolios helpful for such purposes. The Teaching Resource Center will
continue to recommend that colleagues write portfolios primarily for self-reflection
and self-improvement. The next Teaching Portfolio Workshop will be offered
in May 2005.