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Teaching Philosophy & Portfolio Development


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.


The CTE offers a two-part series of asynchronous online workshops in Canvas that are open to all Boston College graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. These workshops help participants draft and revise their teaching philosophy statement as well as begin gathering materials for their teaching portfolio. The workshops were created to assist Apprenticeship in College Teaching Program participants help meet program requirements as well as for those seeking a teaching job in higher education.

Each workshop is about six weeks long and divided into three modules, which include a selection of readings, discussion posts and replies, and other tasks. Participants who complete the first workshop become eligible to take the second one.

For questions about these online workshops, including future dates and registration information, please email

Drafting Your Teaching Philosophy Statement

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. Module topics:

Module One

Reflect on your memorable experiences in the classroom

Understand the definition of a teaching philosophy statement

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

Drafting Your Teaching Portfolio

This online workshop gives participants the opportunity to revise their teaching philosophy statement and begin gathering materials for their teaching portfolio. Module topics:

Module One

Understand what a teaching portfolio is and its utility for both yourself and a broader audience

Understand the importance of aligning the content of the teaching philosophy statement with the teaching portfolio as a whole

Examine and evaluate example teaching portfolios

Module Two

Gather sample teaching materials and evidence of teaching effectiveness

Find job announcements in your discipline and use them to determine how to tailor your teaching philosophy statement

Module Three

Revise your teaching philosophy statement and provide feedback on your peers’ draft statements

Reflect on the elements of the teaching portfolio that you have gathered and make an action plan