Teaching Statements and Philosophies
Sometimes a CV and cover letter are not enough. More and more teaching philosophies and teaching statements are part of the application packet. Even if you are not looking for a new position, a teaching statement is a powerful tool to help you express your goals, beliefs and strengths as an instructor. Start by reading more about what a teaching philosophy can do for you and how to craft your own statement to highlight your skills.
Approaches for writing your statement vary, so look around to find one that matches your personality and goals:
The Chronicle of Higher Education’s George David Clark highlights the trend toward teaching portfolios and how to get started assembling yours. Teaching portfolios offer another opportunity to showcase your skills using different types of resources. From teaching evaluations and letters, you can include materials that have been developed and assembled over time. Portfolios can be helpful for applicants, but also as a tool to help chart professional progress and plan the next steps in professional development.