Teaching Philosophies

Consultation services are available to faculty, post-docs and graduate students affiliated with the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor campus.

Request a consultation about your teaching philosophy statement.

We also have additional research about Teaching Philosophies, strategies for writing a successful statement, and examples of statements from U-M graduate students and post-docs. And you may be interested in the U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate program.

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Search committees around the country are asking:  "What's your philosophy?"  Research shows that a majority of academic search committees, at all kinds of institutions, ask for a statement of teaching philosophy at some point during the application process--sometimes as a part of the initial application, and sometimes later, after the selection committee has narrowed the field of candidates.  Whether you're in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, odds are good that you'll need such a statement as part of your dossier if you're planning an academic job search.  

Photo of a pen and paperWhat can you do to make sure your teaching philosophy is an asset in your application? CRLT has many resources to help you develop and refine your statement. 

I've written it -- what's next?

If you have a solid draft and would like to make it more effective, you may be interested in attending "Revising Your Teaching Philosophy," a CRLT workshop on November 7, 2012. This workshop is especially useful if you are headed for the academic job market within the next year. Read more »

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To request a consultation about your Teaching Philosophy statement, please fill out the form below.

  • CRLT professional staff will consult with faculty and postdoctoral scholars. Trained Graduate Teaching Consultants will consult with graduate students. 

Participants in the U-M Graduate Teacher Certificate program, please be sure to indicate if you are submiting your teaching philosophy to complete requirement E for the certificate.

We also have additional information on our website you may find useful: click here for research about Teaching Philosophies, strategies for writing a successful statement, and examples of statements from U-M graduate students and post-docs.


Consultation services are available to faculty, post-docs and graduate students affiliated with the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor campus.

 

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The teaching philosophy (or teaching statement) is becoming a more common part of academic life for both faculty and graduate students. Graduate students report that colleges and universities often request statements from applicants for faculty positions. Faculty at an increasing number of institutions must develop a teaching statement as they approach tenure and promotion. Instructors at all levels find that writing their statement helps them develop as teachers, since it entails making their implicit views on teaching and student learning explicit and comparing those views to actual teaching practice.

CRLT Occasional Paper #23, Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy for the Academic Job Search, (O’Neal, Meizlish, and Kaplan, 2007)

This CRLT Occasional Paper is designed to help experienced graduate students write a statement of teaching philosophy. The authors offer a rubric for writing an effective statement based on research into the use of teaching statements by academic search committees. Read more »

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