Academic Career Consultations

Teaching Philosophy Statements & Teaching Portfolios


Interested in getting feedback on your teaching philosophy statement or teaching portfolio?  Concerned about how well you are able to portray yourself as an effective, reflective teacher?  Interested in creating a teaching portfolio to chart the evolution of your teaching and make your reflective teaching practice visible to yourself and others?   Then request a free and confidential Academic Career Consultation.

During an Academic Career Consultation, you will meet either individually or in a small group with one of the Sheridan Center’s Associate Directors to review your materials.  The feedback you get from this meeting can help you revise your materials to better persuade readers of your effectiveness and reflectiveness as a teacher.  

Guidelines for Scheduling an Academic Career Consultation

Before you request a consultation, please do the following, which will help you prepare your materials and make the most of this meeting.

  • Attend a presentation on teaching philosophy statements or teaching portfolios.  These presentations are usually held at the beginning of the fall term as part of the Academic Job Search Series organized by the Sheridan Center and CareerLAB.  If you are unable to attend, then review the materials from the teaching philosophy statements and teaching portfolios presentations.
  • Read about teaching philosophy statements or teaching portfolios. 
  • Look at the online resources on teaching philosophy statements and teaching portfolios posted on the Center’s website.
  • Look at a variety of teaching philosophy statements or teaching portfolios. Since people compile teaching philosophy statements and teaching portfolios for different reasons (e.g. reflection, academic job applications, tenure and promotion), rather than simply reading samples you find online, you would do better to come into the Sheridan Center and look through the collection of statements and portfolios housed in the Center’s Resource Library, which is open during regular office hours. 
  • Make a list of features you find effective. Developing an awareness of these features will help you prepare your own materials.  It can also be helpful to note what features you do not find compelling. 
  • Draft your materials.
  • Make a list of ways in which you would like to further strengthen your teaching philosophy statement or teaching portfolio.

 To request a consultation, email the appropriate Associate Director at least two weeks before your desired meeting date. 

When you email to request a consultation, please include the following materials:

  • your teaching philosophy statement or teaching portfolio
  • your list of effective features (and ineffective features) of the statements or portfolios you looked at
  • a list of ways you would like to strengthen your statement or portfolio