Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities!

Documenting Teaching Activity and Effectiveness, Fall 2019

facilitated by Allyson MacNeill

When applying for promotion or tenure, academic jobs, or teaching awards, and when undergoing pre-tenure review, one must demonstrate effectiveness and scholarly competence as a teacher. These sessions will provide opportunities to learn how to document your teaching in a teaching dossier which describes and provides evidence of an individual’s teaching philosophy, approaches, accomplishments, and effectiveness. Participants will be given advice about the content and structure of a teaching dossier through short presentations; samples from the dossiers of teaching award recipients; writing exercises; and discussion. Anyone who teaches is welcomed to attend.

Ongoing feedback and support in the preparation of a teaching dossier is provided by the series facilitator.

Note: For your convenience, the following sessions are each offered at two different times. Attend one or more sessions as interests you.


The Teaching Dossier: An Introduction to Documenting Teaching Activity and Effectiveness
This session will introduce a suggested content and organizational framework for your teaching dossier and will provide advice on how to get started.

  • Thursday, October 3, 3:00–4:00 pm, ED1001
  • Wednesday, October 9, 12:00–1:00 pm, ED1001

Teaching Philosophy: Communicating Values and Beliefs about Teaching and Learning
This session will explore the teaching philosophy as a personal expression of your beliefs about and approach to teaching. It will also review the common components and characteristics of a teaching philosophy.

  • Wednesday, October 23, 12:00–1:00 pm, ED1001
  • Thursday, October 31, 3:00–4:00 pm, ED1001

Teaching Effectiveness: Describing What, Why, and How Students Learn
This session will explore how you can demonstrate teaching effectiveness in a reflective and descriptive narrative and through the selection of artefacts to support your narrative.

  • Wednesday, November 6, 12:00–1:00 pm, ED1001
  • Thursday, November 14, 3:00–4:00 pm, ED1001

Course Evaluations and Feedback on Teaching: All you wanted to Know but Didn’t Know How to Ask
This session will suggest techniques for getting useful feedback on your teaching and on how much and how well your students are learning. You will receive advice about how feedback and evaluations of teaching can be reported in your teaching dossier.

  • Wednesday, November 20, 12:00–1:00 pm, ED1001
  • Thursday, November 21, 3:00–4:00 pm, ED1001

Accessibility is extremely important to us. If you feel you require anything to maximize your ability to engage at this session, please don't hesitate to let us know.

Professional Development Experiences

Our professional development experiences highlight teaching practice and current issues in teaching and learning, and are open to faculty, per course instructors, instructional staff, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

There are a broad range of professional development experiences available during the fall and winter semesters offered in a number of delivery methods. These include:

Monday Morning Mentor Series

Monday Morning Mentor Sessions are back for the 2019-2020 academic year. These are weekly 20-minute online sessions on a variety of instructional topics ranging from Classroom Management to OERs. Each session is available anytime during the week it is offered, so you can watch when it’s convenient for you.

Weekly notices are sent to subscribers with the link and password to access that week’s session. Participants get access to supplemental materials, handouts, transcripts and guides.

TO SUBSCRIBE: Simply email tlx@mun.ca and we will add you to the list of over 100 Memorial educators who are currently taking advantage of these resources.

Any questions concerning Monday Morning Mentor, email TLX@mun.ca

For information about any of the professional development events, contact educatordev@mun.ca or call (709) 864-3028.


Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000