A Guide to Constructing Your Western Teaching Dossier

Introduction
A Teaching Dossier (known also as a "Teaching Portfolio" in some parts of the world) is a document that summarizes a faculty member's teaching accomplishments and activities. At Western, it has been adopted as part of the documentation required for decisions on faculty tenure and promotion. As the 1986 CAUT guide states, the "teaching dossier is to education what the list of publications, grants, and university awards is to research".
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Preparing your teaching dossier
Whether you're preparing a teaching dossier from scratch or updating an existing one, it is probably easiest to work with raw materials (course outlines, results of student ratings, letters from students, copies of innovative materials, etc.) that have been collected in file folders, one for each academic year. Much of this information will only be summarized, rather than used in its entirety in the dossier, though it is useful to keep it for consultation, if required, by your P & T committee. The files of your department chair can help in reconstructing what you taught in what years in the past!
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Observing a Colleague Teaching
 A checklist of some things to look for
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Writing Your "Teaching Philosophy"
Constructing this half page can be the most difficult part of putting together a teaching dossier.

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Examples of "Teaching Philosophy" Statements
Some examples written by various faculty members across the country
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Example I: Minimalist Teaching Dossier

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Example II: Full Teaching Dossier

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Example III: Professional School

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