A teaching dossier provides a rich description of a person's teaching views, approaches, experiences, and evaluations. The sections, as described in the Preparing a Teaching Dossier Handbook, include a biographical overview, teaching philosophy statement, teaching strategies, experiences, effectiveness (evaluations and feedback), professional development, scholarship, leadership, awards, sample syllabi and more. A teaching dossier is ever-evolving like a curriculum vitae or resume, however it is distinct as it focuses on current goals and relevant experiences and examples in teaching and learning within its typical 6-12 pages length.
Learn More: The Preparing a Teaching Dossier Handbook provides descriptions of each section and suggestions for creating this important document.
Gather Feedback and Samples: Feedback on your teaching can come in many forms (e.g., letters, survey results, quotes), many sources (students, colleagues, mentors), and many opportunities (guest lectures, tutorials, mid-semester feedback, USAT scores)
TA Evaluation Form (PDF, 143kB)
Organize Information: Folders or binders are a great way to store collected information, evaluations and samples. Remember to keep feedback from students, instructors, and colleagues.
Write a Draft: A quick way to get started is to use our teaching dossier template and our effectiveness template.
Teaching Effectiveness Template (Word, 55kB)
Teaching Dossier Template (Word, 40kB)
Get Feedback and Revise: Ask colleagues or mentors for feedback. The CTL also provides feedback through consultations and as part of the four Program in University Teaching and Learning (PUTL) certificates.
Teaching philosophies are often the first section of Teaching Dossiers, and describe a person's own views and goals on teaching, student learning, the classroom, and outside the classroom. This 1-2 page section is written in the first person, "I...". To assist in identifying your own goals and views, try some reflective questions or inventories:
Reflection Resources (Word, 36 kB)
Two excellent articles with clear recommendations for writing teaching philosophy statements are:
O’Neal, C., Meizlish, D., & Kaplan, M. (2007). Writing a statement of teaching philosophy for the academic job search. CRTL Occasional Papers, No. 23. Centre for Research Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan. (available online)
Schonwetter, D.J. Sokal, L., Friesen, M. and Taylor, K.L. (2002). Teaching philosophies reconsidered: A conceptual model for the development and evaluation of teaching philosophy statements. The International Journal for Academic Development, 7(1), 83-97. (available online)