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Resources for Graduate Students

College Teaching Preparation Program

The Teaching and Learning Center invites Graduate Students to enroll in our College Teaching Preparation program. Being a new instructor is both an opportunity and a challenge. Participating in this program will prepare you to meet teaching-related challenges and provide you with the opportunity to work with professional educators to learn and practice new teaching skills.

For more information about the program, download our College Teaching Preparation Information and Checklist and visit our model ePortfolio page for more information on setting up your own ePortfolio (a major requirement to complete the program).

If you’d like to enroll in the program, please email Kristi Verbeke at verbekkj@wfu.edu.

 

Recommended Teaching Portfolio Contents

This resource, created by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Iowa State University discusses recommended teaching portfolio contents. They present a list of elements that might be included or summarized in your teaching portfolio. Explore Recommended Teaching Portfolio…

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University

Academic Job Search – Teaching Portfolio

This resource, created by the University of California Berkeley Career Center, discusses the use of a teaching portfolio in the academic job search. Topics covered include: An overview of portfolios Writing the statement of teaching philosophy Listing your courses and…

Career Center, University of California Berkeley

Teaching Portfolio

This teaching guide, put together by the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University will help you assemble your own teaching portfolio. It covers: What Is a Teaching Portfolio? Why Assemble a Teaching Portfolio? General Guidelines Components of a Teaching Portfolio…

Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University

Writing the Teaching Statement

This article, written by Rachel Narehood Austin, for Science Career Magazine, discusses the development of the teaching statement and provides practical suggestions, such as tailor the statement to the institution and keep it short. Read Writing the Teaching Statement

Rachel Narehood Austin, Science Career Magazine

Teaching Statements

This resource, put together by the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University discusses the creation of teaching statement. Specifically, it covers: What is a teaching statement? What purposes does the teaching statement serve? What does a teaching statement include? General…

Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University

Improving Your Teaching: Obtaining Feedback

This article, adapted from Black (2000) by the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan discusses ways you can gather mid-semester student feedback to improve your teaching. View Improving Your Teaching: Obtaining Feedback

Center for Research on Teaching and Learning, University of Michigan

Syllabus Design

This resource contains materials from a workshop on Syllabus Design offered by USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching. The event description is as follows: A well-designed syllabus featuring strong and achievable learning objectives is the key to a successful course….

Center for Excellence in Teaching, University of Southern California

Enhancing the Effectiveness of TA Office Hours

This post from Tomorrow’s Professor looks at ways to make teaching assistant office hours more productive.  It is from Chapter 5, Preparing Graduate Teaching Assistants for Their Specific Instructional Roles, in the book, Working Effectively with Graduate Assistants, by Jody D. Nyquist…

TLC Handbook for International Teaching Assistants

Adapted with permission from Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching, International Teaching Assistants Guide, this guide is a resource for international teaching assistants looking for more information about U.S. classrooms and students, such as information about the university system (as well…

Advice for New Faculty: Revisiting Boice (2000)

In this blog posting on her blog, The Mindful Ph.D., Nancy Chick, from Vanderbilt University, reflects on Robert Boice’s book, Advice for New Faculty Members: Nihil Nimus (2000). She found this book to be helpful in navigating her role as a new…

Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements – University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Educational Innovation has provided some sample teaching philosophy statements for review from a variety of disciplines. Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements

Center for Educational Innovation, University of Minnesota

Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements – University of Michigan

U of M graduate students and postdocs created these examples as part of a Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program. They are published with the authors’ consent. These examples represent the many different approaches to writing a teaching philosophy in a…

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

The following is a great article from Iowa State University’s Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching. It frames the development of the statement around four questions: 1) to what end, 2) by what means, 3) to what degree and…

Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Iowa State University

Writing a Teaching Philosophy – White Paper (Boye, 2012)

The following is a link to a white paper, which gives a lot of great advice for writing your teaching philosophy. It includes a definition of a teaching philosophy, what to include in your philosophy and “dos and don’ts”. Read Writing…

Allison Boye, Texas Tech University

Writing a Teaching Philosophy – Self-Paced Tutorial

A teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning. In addition to general comments, your teaching philosophy should discuss how you put your beliefs into practice by including concrete examples of what you do or…

Center for Educational Innovation, University of Minnesota

Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy for the Academic...

The following is an article from the University of Michigan’s Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) on the development of a teaching philosophy for those who are going on the job market. It also includes a rubric to…

Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan