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   On Statements of Teaching Philosophy

"Developing a philosophy of teaching statement"
Nancy Van Note Chism, 1998
An oft-cited essay about the value of writing a teaching philosophy. It’s available as an appendix in A Guide to the Teaching Portfolio (PDF) from the University of New Hampshire Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

"Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement"
Lee Haugen/Iowa State University, Center for Teaching Excellence
Provides a succinct guide to four main questions a statement of teaching philosophy should address.

“How to Write a Statement of Teaching Philosophy”
Gabriela Montell/The Chronicle of Higher Education
Chronicle Careers Section. March 27, 2003

Center for Teaching
Vanderbilt University
Detailed guidelines about how to write a teaching statement. Most useful for the teaching statement as a stand-alone document.

   On Teaching Portfolios

The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning
University of Texas at El Paso
A detailed site with resources for getting started on a teaching portfolio and links to sample portfolios.

The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
University of Michigan
Rubric for Statements of Teaching Philosophy (PDF)
Kaplan, O'Neal, Meizlish, Carillo, and Kardia, 2005
Examples of Teaching Philosophies from UM Graduate Students

Faculty and TA Development
The Ohio State University
A comprehensive site that gives a good overview, but also goes into great detail about each aspect of the teaching portfolio. The section “Philosophy of Teaching Statements” also includes a variety of examples.

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Penn State University
A series of PDF documents about teaching portfolios, useful for printing out.

The Teaching Center
Washington University, St. Louis
An easy-to-use site rich with information on both teaching portfolios and statements of teaching philosophy.

   Sample Online Teaching Portfolios

Although these portfolios were produced for the Web rather than as hard-copy documents, they’re useful for getting a sense of how each instructor organizes information and what kinds of evidence are provided to demonstrate teaching effectiveness.

Bruce Wagner
Mathematics, Iowa State University

Ben McCorkle
English, The Ohio State University

   Curriculum Vitae Resources

The CV Doctor
The Chronicle of Higher Education
All the columns, which began appearing in 1999, are archived on the Chronicle's site. The authors give specific advice on actual CVs submitted by people in various fields and at various stages of their careers. Their focus is on academics with the Ph.D., but they also discuss CVs of those who have other professional and creative backgrounds.

The Academic Job Search Handbook, 2nd ed.
Mary Morris Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick
University of Pennsylvania Press
This book, written by the original CV doctors, is available as an e-book through the Columbia College Chicago library's Web site. To access the e-book, follow these links on the library homepage:
  1. Click “Find Books”
  2. Click the “E-books” tab
  3. Click “NetLibrary”
  4. Type the title into the search window
  5. Click “View this e-book”
  6. In the left-hand window, click the “+” next to “Part III WRITTEN MATERIALS FOR THE SEARCH”
  7. Click on the “+” next to “Chapter 10 Vitas”
Caveat lector: Even the 3rd edition is from 2001, so some of the information may be outdated.
Career Center Resources
Many large research universities (i.e. those with large graduate student populations) have career service centers with information about CVs, job letters, and other aspects of academic job searches. Although most of these sites are geared toward helping recent Ph.D. graduates plan for the academic job market, the advice about CVs is broadly applicable to most academic CVs. A few selected sites with detailed information about CVs include:

Sample CVs from Columbia College Faculty
The following faculty members were kind enough to agree to share their CVs as resources for others. No single CV should be used as a template and there is no single correct form. Each example highlights the unique experiences and accomplishments of the individual faculty member in as clear and readable a way as possible.

Timothy Edwards, Music
Timothy Edwards wanted to highlight the range of his teaching experiences, but also demonstrate his productivity as a composer and performer. Note that he subdivides his "Teaching Experience" into "Courses Taught" and "Course Development," to highlight the fact that he has experience with curriculum development. He also subdivides his "Recent and Upcoming Performances" into specific genres of music in which he works. The document is highly skimmable and even with the long list of performances, the effective use of indentation helps the reader scan the important information quickly.  
Brendan Riley, English
To get a sense of how one might “curate” a shorter CV from a more comprehensive one, compare the brief and full versions of a CV on Brendan’s personal website.

Lisa Lenoir, Journalism and AEMM
Lisa wanted to turn her resume into a CV to apply to a master’s program in public administration. As you can see, in her revised CV, she highlights her work in nonprofit administration and organizes her professional experience in a more condensed, readable way (and in reverse chronological order).

Sample CVs from other schools
Many academics post their CVs on personal or departmental Web sites that are open to the public. Below, you'll find resources at neighboring institutions where faculty CVs can be found, with annotations about what is useful about each. Please note that online CVs often have formatting and features made possible by digital technology that would not translate well into a hard copy format (use of color, e.g.). None of these examples should be taken as definitive models or templates to be copied—in fact, many of them could use some thoughtful revising. Rather, looking at a wide variety of CVs in your field (or related fields) can give you a sense of the main conventions and categories used to organize and present information. So, poke around, and don’t be limited to the Web sites below.

Department of Art History
College of Architecture and the Arts
University of Illinois Chicago
Click on “more information” where available; most faculty seem to have put their CVs online. Good models to look at: Ellen Taylor Baird; Hannah Higgins; Heather Grossman. Several faculty have put dates in chronological order, rather than reverse chronological. This makes it difficult to determine quickly what position the person currently holds and what they’ve accomplished most recently, especially when the career is a long and productive one.

Department of Marketing
College of Business
Northern Illinois University
Click on a faculty photo or name and, where available, click on “Vita.” Good ones to look at: John Hansen, Dan Weilbaker, Debra Zahay.

Chuck Kleinhans
Associate Professor, Northwestern University
Department of Radio/Television/Film
Scroll down to the bottom and click on the PDF version of his CV. Like many online CVs, this one is comprehensive of a long, distinguished career and is being regularly updated—it runs to 18 pages—so it’s not a model for paper versions that one might submit as part of a job application. What’s useful about it is how projects and publications that fall outside the conventional academic categories (books, peer reviewed journals, etc.) are organized. Skim the categories and sub-categories to get a sense of possible groupings, especially in the “Creative Work" section. One thing that’s missing from the CV is Kleinhans’s education, which appears on the Web site (and on your paper CV, should be in reverse chronological order on the first page). You can also see how the Web site information is organized roughly as it might appear on a CV.

  Fulbright Scholar Program

The Fulbright Scholar Program

   Learning Through Teaching

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Questions and Answers from the Field (PDF)
Illinois State University/Cambridge

Taking Learning Seriously
Carnegie Foundation/Shulman

Approaching the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (PDF)
Carnegie Foundation/Hutchings

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: An Annotated Bibliography
Carnegie Foundation

Ethics and Aspiration in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Carnegie Foundation/Hutchings

The Scholarship of Teaching: What’s the Problem?
George Mason University/Randy Bass

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Washington University

   Evaluating Learning

Assessment that Promotes Learning (PDF)
Penn State University

An Introduction to Classroom Assessment Techniques (PDF)
Penn State University

Grading Practices
University of California at Berkeley

Making the Grade
University of Iowa

Evaluation Issues
University of North Carolina

Measuring and Evaluating Student Learning
Penn State University

Grade Profiles
Foundation for Critical Thinking

   Evaluating Teaching

The Professional Evaluation of Teaching

American Council of Learned Societies

What is Peer Observation?
University of Texas-Austin

Student Ratings of College Teaching: What Research Has to Say

Indiana University

Teaching at the University Level (PDF)
American Mathematical Society/Zucker

Flunking the Test: The Dismal Record of Student Evaluations
Paul Trout