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Portfolio Development: A Journey of Self-Reflection
Unformatted Document Text:  present, as well as proof of service, proof of professional development, stated aims and goals, a plan of action for the future. How big, how thick depends on the individual starting this journey. Right here, let me clarify something...this was not a one day workshop. This was a four day workshop that, for me, has continued for several months. I had a very involved coach helping me put mine together. John Z, as he likes to be called, was very patient, very helpful and an expert at this. I was fumbling around at the start but John Z kept me going down the right path with encouraging murmurs, a few selective helpful hints and all the while very positive at the various outcomes. John Z does presentations all around the US on portfolio development. So in that sense, I was very lucky to have him here on campus, always with an open door. But no amount of coaxing, hints or suggestions could get one ready for this. Four intensive days and five months after, I am still working on the portfolio to be ready for review by the committee in a month’s time. Workshop Basics - Seek & Find: The workshop was my very first introduction to the world of “How to Get Every Relevant Piece of Information Concerning Your Teaching and Research and Service to the College Ready in a Three Ring Binder for Preview by a Committee That Will Decide Your Fate at This Institution, And Smile Please!” As a mildly ego centered person that I am, and I think all rationale beings are, some of the letters or emails of praise from students, or peers I had kept. Postcard sent from Japan, by a student who was thanking me for encouraging them to take chances in life. A department’s chair evaluation in glowing terms (really, they are the only ones you want to keep anyway). DVDs from trips off campus I had taken with students, to Puerto Rico, Washington DC and Virginia. Teaching awards and commendations I had kept, all three of them. All those ego stroking items that really are not that important in the larger scheme of life, but at this moment seem very important. 10

Authors: Jones, Sharon.
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present, as well as proof of service, proof of professional development, stated aims and goals, a
plan of action for the future. How big, how thick depends on the individual starting this
journey. Right here, let me clarify something...this was not a one day workshop. This was a
four day workshop that, for me, has continued for several months.
I had a very involved coach helping me put mine together. John Z, as he likes to be
called, was very patient, very helpful and an expert at this. I was fumbling around at the start
but John Z kept me going down the right path with encouraging murmurs, a few selective
helpful hints and all the while very positive at the various outcomes. John Z does presentations
all around the US on portfolio development. So in that sense, I was very lucky to have him here
on campus, always with an open door. But no amount of coaxing, hints or suggestions could
get one ready for this. Four intensive days and five months after, I am still working on the
portfolio to be ready for review by the committee in a month’s time.
Workshop Basics - Seek & Find: The workshop was my very first introduction to the
world of “How to Get Every Relevant Piece of Information Concerning Your Teaching and
Research and Service to the College Ready in a Three Ring Binder for Preview by a
Committee That Will Decide Your Fate at This Institution, And Smile Please!” As a mildly ego
centered person that I am, and I think all rationale beings are, some of the letters or emails of
praise from students, or peers I had kept. Postcard sent from Japan, by a student who was
thanking me for encouraging them to take chances in life. A department’s chair evaluation in
glowing terms (really, they are the only ones you want to keep anyway). DVDs from trips off
campus I had taken with students, to Puerto Rico, Washington DC and Virginia. Teaching
awards and commendations I had kept, all three of them. All those ego stroking items that
really are not that important in the larger scheme of life, but at this moment seem very
important.
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