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Teaching Portfolios

“The teaching portfolio is a collection of materials that document teaching performance.” (Seldin,1991)

Teaching portfolios can serve many purposes, some of which include the following:

  • Reflecting on your goals as a teacher
  • Assessing your teaching strengths and areas which need improvement
  • Documenting your progress as a teacher
  • Generating ideas for future teaching/course development
  • Identifying your personal teaching style
  • Using elements of the portfolio to promote dialogue with fellow teachers
  • Considering new ways of gathering student feedback
  • Gathering detailed data to support your goals
  • Collecting multiple sources of evidence that document the implementation of your teaching goals and their success

One would use a portfolio during the academic job search, promotion and tenure process, and for personal and professional development.

Getting Started

The teaching portfolio is your chance to make a case for your effectiveness as a university teacher. Think about your portfolio in much the same way that you approach a research question, and build a case to support your “effective teacher” thesis. First, you should think broadly about what the act of teaching means to you. Later, you can reflect upon and describe the sorts of evidence chosen to support your case.

It is useful to have a set of widely-used effective teaching criteria against which to measure yourself. The Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education provides a set of such criteria.

For UBC-specific documentation about the University’s commitment to teaching, see:

Key teaching principles and practices adapted by a UBC Senate ad hoc committee (Look under Evaluation tools) UBC TREK 2010 Learning Pillar (see Learning – Goals and Strategies)

Here at CTLT, we offer regular Teaching Portfolio seminars as well as individualized one-on-one consultations to help you get started. We also have a Portfolio Community of Practice which is open to anyone at UBC and beyond.

Related Links


Link to Complete Bibliography
For a complete bibliography, please visit the CTLT's shared folder on Refworks.

Having problems? Visit the RefWorks information guide.

  • Adams-Bullock, A., & Hawk, P. P. (2010). Developing a teaching portfolio: A guide for preservice and practicing teachers. Boston: Pearson.Ubc-elink.png
  • Barrett, H. (2000). Electronic portfolios = multimedia development and portfolio development: The electronic portfolio development process. In B. L. Cambridge (Ed.), Electronic portfolios: Emerging practices in student, faculty, and institutional learning (pp. 110). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing. Ubc-elink.png
  • Berrill, D. P., & Addison, E. (2010). Repertoires of practice: Re-framing teaching portfolios. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 26(5), 1178-1185. Ubc-elink.png
  • Burton, L. (2006). Developing a teaching portfolio to showcase your teaching ability. Australian Journal of Psychology, 58, 118-118.Ubc-elink.png
  • Campbell, D. M. (2007). How to develop a professional portfolio: A manual for teachers. Boston: Pearson Allyn and Bacon.Ubc-elink.png
  • Cambridge, B. L., Kahn, S., Tompkins, D. P., & Yancey, K. B. (2001). Electronic portfolios: Emerging practices in student, faculty, and institutional learning. Sterling, Virginia: Stylus Publishing.
  • Centra, J. A. (2000). Evaluating the teaching portfolio: A role for colleagues. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, (83), 87-93.
  • Chism, N. V. N. (1998). Developing a philosophy of teaching statement. Toward the Best in the Academy, 9(3).
  • Costantino, P. M., De Lorenzo, M. N., & Tirrell-Corbin, C. (2009). Developing a professional teaching portfolio: A guide for success. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson.Ubc-elink.png
  • Documenting Excellence in teaching. The Teaching Professor, Oct. 3-4.[1]
  • Foster, B. R., Walker, M. L., & Song, K. H. (2007). A beginning teaching portfolio handbook: Documenting and reflecting on your professional growth and abilities. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall.Ubc-elink.png
  • Glaser, M. (2005). A Breif Statement of my teaching philosophy. The Teaching Professor. June-July.[1]
  • Kilbane, C. R., & Milman, N. B. (2005). The digital teaching portfolio workbook: Understanding the digital teaching portfolio process. Boston: Pearson/Allyn and Bacon.Ubc-elink.png
  • Licklider, B. (2004). An eloquent, insightful teaching philosophy statement. The Teaching Professor. December.[1]
  • Rieman, P. L., & Okrasinski, J. (2007). Creating your teaching portfolio: Presenting your professional best. Boston, [Mass.]: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.Ubc-elink.png
  • Weimer, M. (2012, December 4). Strategies for writing better teaching philosophy statements. Faculty Focus. Retrieved from: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/philosophy-of-teaching/strategies-for-writing-better-teaching-philosophy-statements/
  • Ross, D. D., & Bondy, E. (1995). Guidelines for portfolio preparation: Implications from an analysis of teaching portfolios at the.. Innovative Higher Education, 20(1), 45.
  • Schoenwetter, D.J., Sokal, L., Friesen, M. & Taylor, K. L. (2002). Teaching philosophies reconsidered: Acpnceptual model for the development and evaluation of teaching philosophy statements. The International journal for academic development, 7(1), 83-97. Permalink.svg Permalink
  • Seldin, P., Miller, J. E., & Seldin, C. A. (2010). The teaching portfolio: A practical guide to improved performance and promotion/tenure decisions. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.Ubc-elink.png
  • Seldin, P., & Miller, J. E. (2009). The academic portfolio: A practical guide to documenting teaching, research, and service (1st ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. Available in the CTLT Resource Room
  • Seldin, P., Annis, L. F., & Zubizaretta, J. (1995). Using the teaching portfolio to improve instruction. In W. A. Wright (Ed.), Teaching improvement practices: Successful strategies for higher education (pp. 237-254). Bolton MA: Anker Publishing.
  • Seldin, P. (1991). The teaching portfolio. Boston: Anker. Available in the CTLT Resource Room
  • Seldin, P., & Annis, L. F.The teaching portfolio. The Journal of Staff, Program, & Organization Development, 8(41720). 197-203.

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 All members of the UBC teaching community may register to receive free subscription to The Teaching Professor. For more information e-mail ctltresourceroom@exchange.ubc.ca

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