the next Workshop?
There is currently no timeline for the next offering of the Teaching Portfolio Workshop.
is a teaching portfolio?
analyze, and comment on documents that demonstrate your teaching of your
academic discipline. The narrative explanation of your teaching is usually
limited to six to eight pages and includes a reflective statement about
your teaching. It is normally accompanied by appendices: for example,
syllabi, students' work presented anonymously, perhaps with your remarks
or grades, students' mid-semester and/or final course evaluations and
comments, a videotaped class, comments from colleagues' observations.
Other ideas of items to include and ways to present the information have
been compiled by past workshop participants.
How are teaching portfolios used?
- As an analytical
self-reflection designed to enhance your teaching
- To document
your effectiveness as a teacher
- To enable
you to strengthen the relationship between your teaching and research
- As supporting
evidence of your professional expertise
- As a developing
draft document that helps beginning faculty clarify the whys and hows
of your teaching
- As a legacy
for your department
How can I learn more about teaching portfolios?
You can read
about Teaching Portfolio Workshops in the October 1995 and Fall 1997 issues
of Teaching Concerns, our newsletter. The TRC also has several videotaped
workshops that serve as introductions to teaching portfolios. To get an
overview of what a teaching portfolio might contain, see these extracts
from Peter Seldin's book The
Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improve Performance and Promotion/Tenure
Who may apply for the Workshop?
Any U.Va. faculty
member or TA who would like to document effective teaching. Those faculty
members who would like to serve in the future as coaches, mentors, consultants
to faculty colleagues and graduate student teaching assistants are especially
How much time will this take?
25-45 hours over a two-week period, normally the second half of May. Workshop
participants will be asked to gather relevant materials about their teaching
and to read introductory material about teaching portfolios before the
workshop begins. The first workshop session helps portfolio writers begin
the narrative statement, the second session focuses on analyzing what
constitutes a good portfolio and on deciding how to document teaching
effectiveness, and the third celebrates writers' completed portfolios.
Interspersed between workshops are two private meetings with a consultant
or coach, to work specifically on individuals' portfolios.
What do I need to do before the Workshop?
writers have told us that they wished they had known more years ago about
documenting their teaching. We recommend that you think about what constitute
products of good teaching for you as you go about your teaching. It can
take very little time to gather some of the information that you will
find invaluable in assembling your portfolio.
What is the cost of the Workshop?
is free and includes a complimentary copy of the background readings on
portfolios, as well as two luncheons and several refreshment breaks.
How do I apply?
consists of three parts (there is no application form):
- a letter
explaining why you would like to participate in the Teaching Portfolio
Workshop. Why do you want to create a teaching portfolio? How do you
plan to share your new expertise with colleagues? Are you interested
in coaching colleagues writing portfolios in the future?
- a one-page
- a brief
statement of support from the departmental chair.
to the Teaching Resource Center, University of Virginia, Hotel D, 24 East
Range, P.O. Box 400136, or via e-mail to email@example.com.