Teaching Philosophy & Portfolio Development

The CTE offers a variety of programs and resources to support graduate instructors as they develop their teaching philosophies and portfolios.

Drafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement Online Workshop

The CTE periodically offers an asynchronous online workshop in Canvas open to all Boston College graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This workshop gives participants the opportunity to reflect on their teaching, learn some features of a successful teaching philosophy statement, as well as draft a complete statement and receive feedback from CTE staff. It was created to help Apprenticeship in College Teaching Program participants meet program requirements as well as for those seeking a teaching job in higher education.

The workshop is held in Canvas and is divided into three modules. Participants can expect to spend 8-10 hours total completing all workshop components. Each module includes a selection of readings, discussion posts and replies, and other tasks. An overview of module topics are listed below:

Module One

  • Reflect on your memorable experiences in the classroom
  • Understand what a teaching philosophy statement is

Module Two

  • Find and evaluate teaching philosophy statements within your own discipline
  • Draft one paragraph of your statement

Module Three

  • Write and submit a complete draft of your teaching philosophy statement

This workshop is not currently open for registration. Please email centerforteaching@bc.edu if you have questions about future workshops or a draft statement you would like CTE staff to provide feedback on.

Resources

For graduate students and postdoctoral fellows participating in the Apprenticeship in College Teaching program and/or preparing to go on the job market, the CTE has developed a resource on the Teaching Portfolio and another focused on the Teaching Philosophy Statement. These guides provide reflection prompts, an overview of typical components, and links to sample materials.