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

Every semester, the CTE 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 eight weeks long and divided into four modules, which include a selection of readings, discussion posts and replies, and other tasks. Please stay tuned for more information about the Fall 2020 offering of this workshop.

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

  • Submit a complete draft of your teaching philosophy statement and engage in peer review.

Module Four

  • Submit a revised draft of your statement and receive feedback from CTE Staff.


For anyone putting together teaching portfolio materials for the Apprenticeship in College Teaching Program, we periodically offer drop-in working sessions (stay tuned for information on upcoming offerings).

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. We hope these will help to provide you with some concrete guidelines and tips as you draft these materials.