Teaching Dossiers

In 1996, The University of Western Ontario implemented the use of Teaching Dossiers as part of the procedure for promotion and tenure. Information is provided here to assist faculty in developing their teaching dossier. Periodically, workshops are also given on this topic by the Teaching Support Centre.

Policy on Use of Teaching Dossiers in Faculty Evaluation

A Guide to Constructing Your UWO Teaching Dossier

Office of Faculty Relations - Promotion and Tenure

Resources for Graduate Students (for the Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

Articles and Presentations

How to Develop a Teaching Philosophy
Article from Reflections by Mike Atkinson, Teaching Support Centre
March 2000

Development of a Teaching Dossier
Presentation from the Faculty Mentor Program, Teaching Support Centre
February 2012

Development of a Teaching Philosophy
Presentation from the Faculty Mentor Program, Teaching Support Centre
February 2012

External Links

How to Write a Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Article from the Chronicle of Higher Education, March 2003.

Philosophy of Teaching Statements: Examples and Tips on How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement
A special report by Faculty Focus, an e-newsletter and website for professionals in higher education.

Preparing a Teaching Dossier
An 87-page practical guide (PDF) on preparing a dossier, including five examples. By Christopher Knapper and Susan Wilcox, Instructional Development Centre at Queen's University

Teaching Dossier Evaluation Sheet
A guide and suggestions for improving you teaching dossier from the University of Toronto.

The Teaching Portfolio (PDF) (CRLT Occasional Paper No. 11)
Published by the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan.
"Discusses the nature and purpose of the teaching portfolio (and its offshoot, the course portfolio), and provides suggestions for how individuals and units can use portfolios most effectively."

TiPPS for Philosophy of Teaching Statements
From TiPPS (Teacher Portfolio & Preparation Series) at the University of Hawai'i College of Languages, Linguistics & Literature.

Writing tips to help get you started on a Teaching Portfolio
Tips and suggestions on finding ideas for your teaching portfolio from the University of Washington's Center for Instructional Development.

Writing a teaching philosophy statement
From the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Iowa State University.

Recommended Book

Seldin, Peter (2004). The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions. Bolton MA: Anker Press.

This book is available in the Teaching Support Centre library (LB 2333 .S46). Sections on: "purpose, process, and product," how portfolios are used in different institutions, advice on keeping the portfolio current, and sample portolios from across different disciplines.

Policy on Use of Teaching Dossiers in Faculty Evaluation
Consistent with the recommendation of Leadership in Learning, Western's strategic plan, on the recommendation of the Provost's Advisory Committee on Faculty Evaluation and Development and the Senate Committee on University Planning, Senate adopted the following policy on the contents and use of teaching dossiers. The use of the teaching dossier will ensure that faculty members who are being considered for promotion and tenure receive a fair and thorough evaluation of their teaching contributions which comprise a very significant component of their academic performance.
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