CUTS Teaching Portfolio
*The creation of a teaching portfolio is the culminating project for the full certificate; only participants in the full certificate program are required to complete a teaching portfolio.
Portfolios are now being accepted for Spring 2013 certificate completion.
The deadline to submit your portfolio to be eligible for spring 2013 completion is April 15 at 5pm.
Binder portfolios must be submitted in-person to the CTTL (Pius Library, 2nd floor)
Online portfolios can be submitted via this form.
Once a portfolio is received, participants are contacted to schedule a 30 minute meeting with Center staff for an in-person review meeting.
A teaching portfolio is a compilation of artifacts that communicate evidence of your teaching philosophies and abilities (just as a dissertation communicates research abilities). An increasing number of institutions request a teaching portfolio or individual components to demonstrate teaching experience throughout the academic job search.
Participants in the full certificate program will develop a portfolio containing a teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, sample syllabus and course assignments, and reflections (see portfolio checklist for complete list of contents). The requirements for the CUTS program ensure that participants have a solid foundation for a portfolio. Participants are welcome to add additional components to evidence teaching practices beyond the CUTS program requirements.
A participant's mentor and Center staff are available to review and provide feedback as you develop your portfolio. In order to complete the certificate program participants will compile and submit a teaching portfolio, meet with Center staff for an in-person review, and have all work assessed at a minimum of "acceptable" per the portfolio rubric (see below).
Portfolio Format OptionsAccepted formats include either:
- a personal, online website or
- a printed, compiled within a binder.
Portfolios must be complete at the time of submission, which means they contain all required components and are in a format that includes a coherent organizational strategy; no specific order or layout is required. Regardless of medium, what matters most is that the organization be clear and usable as a tool for navigating the portfolio's contents; for example consider:Online portfolios
- home page with introduction or summary of portfolio contents
- intuitive navigation
- Click here to view a sample
- title page
- introduction or summary of portfolio contents
- continuous pagination with a Table of Contents
- labeled tabs
We recommend that participants consider their professional and personal needs when deciphering which option is best for you. An online portfolio is easily shared with many constituents and is helpful for cultivating an online presence. A binder portfolio facilitates face-to-face conversations about teaching.
Review the Portfolio Rubric for detailed assessment criteria.
Online Portfolio Format
No specific tool is required; create your portfolio using any tool with which you are comfortable.
SLU is a Google campus and students have access to develop a site in the "sites" feature; however, please know that students who leave the institution will not have indefinite access to their SLU google apps account. Many free programs exist outside of SLU's Google apps (example: Wordpress, Google sites, Google Blogger, Weebly, and more).
Submission and Review Process
Portfolios are due near the end of each semester. Once a portfolio is received, participants are contacted to schedule a 30-minute meeting with Center staff for an in-person review meeting.
Each portfolio is reviewed by two Center staff in order to provide different perspectives and richer feedback to participants. Portfolios are evaluated based on criteria within the Portfolio Rubric. Both reviewers are present with the participant for the review meeting.
During the meeting, reviewers address key strengths of the portfolio; share any revisions that will be needed before final approval can be given; and provide ideas for further development in the future. If participants are required to submit revisions they are given a timeline to do so; however, all work must be received and assessed at a minimum of an acceptable level to achieve the certificate.
Washington University of Saint Louis
(Link to University of Mass-Amherst handbook on preparing a teaching portfolio via Georgetown University)