Teaching (or “Professional”) Portfolios

Teaching portfolios are becoming increasingly important to showcase the teaching talents of graduate students and faculty members who are seeking employment, promotion, or tenure. They sometimes are called “professional portfolios” to distinguish them from learning portfolios, which are created by students in the course of their studies. The best portfolios include evidence of good teaching (syllabi and assignments, course evaluations, video clips) as well as the instructor’s teaching philosophy and reflections on his or her development and long-term goals as a teacher. Contact the Center for Teaching for more information on how to put together an effective teaching portfolio.

Electronic teaching or professional portfolios can very effectively present evidence of your teaching skills not only with text, but also via video clips of you lecturing or working with students. You can find more information about this approach to portfolio presentation from the OTLT website.