Documenting Teaching Effectiveness

Winter 2020

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 one’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, Allyson MacNeill.

Complete the online registration form.


Participants are invited to attend individual sessions or the entire series:

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

Thursday, Feb. 13, 3–4 p.m., ED1001
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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.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 3–4 p.m., ED1001
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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.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 3–4 p.m., ED1001
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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.

Thursday, Mar. 5, 3–4 p.m., ED1001
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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