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Portfolio Development: A Journey of Self-Reflection
Unformatted Document Text:  5) portfolios are a step toward a more public, professional view of teaching. They reflect teaching as a scholarly activity. What Does a Portfolio Consist Of? Well, needless to say, a portfolio should include relevant information to the responsibilities of the faculty member and her/his role in the department, and institution, rather than every piece of data that can be found. Is this portfolio just for teaching evaluation, or is it, as in my case, all encompassing- teaching, service and research? Seldin (1997) believes that by providing several perspectives of the same event or course, the faculty member is able to give a clearer picture of teaching than could be achieved with one source only. Some portfolios could include the following: • A statement of teaching philosophy that reflects an individual’s view of teaching, and how to achieve it in the teaching activities. • A statement of teaching responsibilities, including course titles. Some might include a mission statement of the department and how the courses fit into that mission. • Course syllabi detailing course content, assignments, evaluation methods. • A statement detailing how course and/or teaching improvements can be achieved, goals for teaching development. That would include description of steps taken to improve teaching and samples showing how those improvements will be implemented and or evaluated. • A statement detailing instructional innovations attempted and evaluations of their effectiveness. • A sample of teaching evaluations over time. • A statement of non-traditional teaching settings, such as lab assistants, working with TAs, overseeing independent studies/research, special help sessions. • A statement of activities involving supervision of graduate students, honors thesis students. Also included could be from colleagues that one has team taught with, 5

Authors: Jones, Sharon.
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5) portfolios are a step toward a more public, professional view of teaching. They reflect
teaching as a scholarly activity.
What Does a Portfolio Consist Of?
Well, needless to say, a portfolio should include relevant information to the
responsibilities of the faculty member and her/his role in the department, and institution, rather
than every piece of data that can be found. Is this portfolio just for teaching evaluation, or is it,
as in my case, all encompassing- teaching, service and research? Seldin (1997) believes that
by providing several perspectives of the same event or course, the faculty member is able to
give a clearer picture of teaching than could be achieved with one source only. Some portfolios
could include the following:
A statement of teaching philosophy that reflects an individual’s view of teaching,
and how to achieve it in the teaching activities.
A statement of teaching responsibilities, including course titles. Some might include
a mission statement of the department and how the courses fit into that mission.
Course syllabi detailing course content, assignments, evaluation methods.
A statement detailing how course and/or teaching improvements can be achieved,
goals for teaching development. That would include description of steps taken to
improve teaching and samples showing how those improvements will be
implemented and or evaluated.
A statement detailing instructional innovations attempted and evaluations of their
effectiveness.
A sample of teaching evaluations over time.
A statement of non-traditional teaching settings, such as lab assistants, working
with TAs, overseeing independent studies/research, special help sessions.
A statement of activities involving supervision of graduate students, honors thesis
students. Also included could be from colleagues that one has team taught with,
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