Teaching portfolio

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The teaching portfolio is a succinct compilation of an instructor’s teaching philosophy, teaching responsibilities, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. The portfolio is an obligatory component of promotion and tenure applications.

Official McGill guidelines

Official McGill guidelines for developing a teaching portfolio are located under Regulations Relating to the Employment of Tenure-Track and Tenured Academic Staff, Appendix A, page 20 (Version française).

In light of the disruption to classes caused by COVID-19, instructors may choose whether or not to have their course evaluation results from the Winter 2020 term included in their teaching portfolio for purposes of reappointment and tenure. For more details about Winter 2020 course evaluations, go to https://mcgill.ca/mercury.

McGill portfolio samples

Access portfolio samples (login required) from McGill professors who successfully applied for tenure or reappointment and kindly agreed to share their teaching portfolios with the McGill community. We encourage you to look at multiple samples across disciplines and use them as models for your own teaching portfolio, be it for reappointment, tenure application or promotion.

You may also consult printed samples of teaching portfolios in person at TLS. tls [at] mcgill.ca (Email us) to make an appointment to view these samples.

You can view McGill Faculty means reports and sample tables for reporting course evaluation results.

Resources for developing a teaching portfolio

Putting together a teaching portfolio requires first reflecting on your teaching practice and then translating those reflections into a narrative that will allow readers to appreciate your teaching experience and development. Not sure how to get started? Check out these resources.

Preparation worksheet

This resource, which aligns with McGill's official guidelines for developing a teaching portfolio, offers (A) guiding questions to get you started with reflecting on your teaching and (B) a self-/peer-review feedback worksheet.

File Teaching Portfolio Preparation Resource

Comprehensive guides

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Evidence of teaching effectiveness

  • Developing a teaching portfolio (web page) by C. Weston and J. Timmermans (2007). Article explains how to reflect excellence in teaching standards through careful construction of the teaching portfolio. University Affairs.
  • Reframing portfolio evidence (PDF) by C. E. Shepherd and M. J. Hannafin (2013). Provides a framework for selection, organization, and examination. Attempts to bridge previous literature limitations by relying on flexible foci, validated methods, data-driven decisions, and documentation of problem solving processes for purposes of professional development. Journal of Thought.

Electronic portfolios

  • Teaching portfolios (web page) A comprehensive resource that includes teaching portfolio samples from varied fields and information about electronic teaching portfolios. Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching.
  • The digital teaching portfolio handbook: A how-to guide for educators (book) by C. R. Kilbane and N. B. Milman (2002). Useful for enhancing professional growth and creating a dynamic record of professional achievement that can include items such as curricular units, writing samples, photographs, videos, and other artifacts of teaching and learning. McGill call # LB1029 P67 K52 2003.


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