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Teaching Dossiers

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (“CAUT”) describes a teaching dossier, also known as a teaching portfolio, as ‘a summary of an academic’s major teaching accomplishments and strengths’ (2007, p. 5).  It is a space to document and showcase evidence of the things you have done in your teaching role.

The three main parts of a teaching dossier, as outlined in the UOIT Teaching Dossier - A Guide for Documenting Teaching (2009, pp 1-4), are listed in the table below. Refer to the full guide for more specific details.

Section

Component

Approach to Teaching

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Teaching strategies
  • Self-evaluation of teaching and student learning
  • Professional development of teaching and learning

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Courses taught
  • Supervision
  • Teaching awards and nominations
  • Teaching related contributions
  • Curriculum development and/or development of innovative teaching and learning materials
  • Research and publications related to teaching

Appendices

Examples: 

  • Multiple course summary
  • Course evaluation reports
  • Documentation of other teaching feedback

Tips for Preparing Your Teaching Dossier: 

  • Start working on it as soon as possible. It can take more time than expected to compile the information that is included in a teaching dossier.
  • Keep a folder on your computer to save various artefacts related to your teaching practice that will serve as reminders or could be appended to your dossier. A running document of achievements and related activities can be included in your folder.
  • Engage in professional development opportunities which can help you to acquire the vocabulary to describe some of the things you are already doing in your teaching practice and also gain new insights. Past participants of the Certificate in University Teaching, for example, have shared that this program gave them ideas for revising their teaching philosophy statements.
  • Connect with a colleague who has already developed a teaching dossier to ask about any strategies that worked well for them.
  • Contact your Faculty Office to confirm exactly how your teaching dossier should be presented.

Additional Resources

Teaching Dossier Guide - University of Ontario Institute of Technology  
Teaching Dossiers - The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
Preparing a Teaching Dossier - McMaster University’s Centre for Leadership in Learning
Teaching Portfolio - Western University’s Teaching Support Centre

References

CAUT teaching dossier (2007). Retrieved from: http://www.caut.ca/docs/default-source/professional-advice/teaching-dossier.pdf

Teaching dossier - A guide for documenting teaching (2009). Retrieved from: https://shared.uoit.ca/shared/department/opp/Governance/Quality%20Assurance/Other-QA-docs/Teaching_Dossier.pdf

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