Teaching Portfolio Workshop

The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce that it will host a Teaching Portfolio workshop for all graduate students who have been teaching assistants. The teaching portfolio is the analog of your professional/research CV and in its essentials contains material that documents or displays accomplishments in teaching. More and more, teaching portfolios are being required by universities and colleges from prospective hires while companies find them useful as indicators of ability to handle meetings and presentations. Students interested must register for this workshop.

Teaching Assistant Certificate

Teaching Assistants who were pre-qualified by their attendance at this Spring’s teaching assistant workshop will be issued teaching certificates after having successfully completed their portfolios.

How the Program Works

Before the program begins, every registrant will be directed to readings from various Internet sources. You are expected to plough through these and complete a (very) rough draft (or sketch) of your teaching portfolio (TPv1) prior to the start of the program. You must submit it to Dr. Lim by no later than June 17th, 2013. Estimated time: 4-6 hours.

Exact programs times, dates, locations subject to change. Please check with Graduate Studies.

Reading Materials

To start your reading, go to:
http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-portfolios/ 

Here are some additional links that give a good introduction to Teaching Portfolios. There are also some sample portfolios:
http://people.virginia.edu/~pcb6e/TP.html
http://carolynfay.com/archive/portfolio/
http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~asb/portfolio/narritive.html

The last resources include a handbook and some teaching modules available at the Yale University websites: 
http://www.yale.edu/graduateschool/teaching/forms/Becoming_Teachers.pdf
http://www.yale.edu/graduateschool/teaching/modules.html.

After visiting these sites and reading through the materials, write your rough draft (TPv1), to include 1) your teaching philosophy/statement,  2) the methods you use, 3) the courses you have TA-ed in,  4) the evaluations you have received (if available), etc.

Group Meeting 1: “What is a Teaching Portfolio?”: June 24th, 2013 Location TBA

Dr. Teck-Kah Lim, workshop director, will go over the “art” of creating teaching portfolios in detail, using your drafts to highlight “errors of omission” as well as take questions. He will also assign students to faculty mentors and “buddies”. After the session, you will work on your draft before submitting the revised version (TPv2) to your faculty mentor by no later than July 5th, 2013.

Meeting with Your Assigned Faculty Mentor Week of July 8th, 2013

You will get together with your faculty mentor to discuss their suggestions for improving your portfolio (Estimated time 1 hour).

Peer Review with a Buddy: After Week of July 8th, 2013

Make any suggested changes based on the recommendations from the faculty mentor and exchange your latest draft (TPv3) with your buddy for peer review. Together you and your buddy will work collaboratively to improve each other’s work. You will submit your “almost final” draft (TPv4) to your faculty mentor by July 20th, 2013.

Meeting with Your Faculty Mentor with Almost Final Draft: Week of July  22nd, 2013

Participants will meet again with the faculty mentor to discuss their “almost final” draft. You will then prepare the final version of your portfolio (TPv5) for display at graduation.

Graduation: Week of July 29th, 2013

The entire group will meet for a1-hour lunch meeting. The purpose of the meeting is: a) to share experiences in teaching-portfolio creation; b) to prepare you to mentor others at future workshops; and c) for Dr. Lim to issue teaching certificates to those who were pre-qualified by their attendance at the Spring Teaching Workshops and who have successfully completed their portfolios.