The Teaching Philosophy/Teaching Statement
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.
Please also see:
- Teaching Portfolios and Course Portfolios
- Schedule a CRLT consultation about your teaching philosophy & statement
RESOURCES FROM PEER INSTITUTIONS
The Ohio State University
- Teaching Portfolio guide
- Writing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement. Includes descriptions, purpose, major components, and examples across disciplines
- Guidance on Writing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement with additional rationales and models to follow
- GRIDS: Philosophy of Teaching Statement Staples
University of Iowa
- Components of a Teaching Philosophy Statement (Link to PDF)
- Teaching Philosophy Checklist
- Teaching Philosophy Rubric
- The Job Market offers descriptions, recommendations and goals of teaching statements for current and future faculty. Includes links and exercises to help readers reflect upon their teaching philosophy.
- Tip sheet: Instructions for a Teaching Statement Peer Review Workshop (Google Doc)
- James M. Lang, “4 Steps to a Memorable Teaching Philosophy,” The Chronicle of Higher Education (29 August 2010)
University of Saskatchewan
University of Minnesota
FURTHER READING ON TEACHING STATEMENTS
- Corrall, Sheila (2017) Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement. In: Workshop on Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement, 19 June 2017 - 19 June 2017, Technological Higher Education Association (THEA), Dublin, Ireland.
- Dalton, C. L., Wilson, A., & Agius, S. (2018). Twelve tips on how to compile a medical educator’s portfolio. Medical teacher, 40(2), 140-145. https://doi.org/10.1080/0142159X.2017.1369502
- Grundman, H. G. (2006). Writing a teaching philosophy statement. Notices of the AMS (PDF), 53(11), 1329-1333.
- Hegarty, N. C., & Silliman, B. R. (2016). How to approach teaching philosophy statements as career mission statements. Journal of Business and Educational Leadership, 6(1), 103.
- Montell, Gabriela (2003). How to Write a Statement of Teaching Philosophy (PDF), from the Chronicle Manage Your Career section of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- Swart, Arthur James. "Developing a comprehensive teaching portfolio—A scholarly personal narrative." In Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), 2018 IEEE, pp. 26-31. IEEE, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2018.8363204
- Wesner, A. R., Jones, R., Schultz, K., & Johnson, M. (2016). Impact of the Use of a Standardized Guidance Tool on the Development of a Teaching Philosophy in a Pharmacy Residency Teaching and Learning Curriculum Program. Pharmacy, 4(1), 9. https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy4010009
RESOURCES ON WRITING A DIVERSITY STATEMENT
Along with teaching statements, many colleges and universities now consider diversity statements during faculty hiring and promotion. As this practice becomes more commonplace, we offer a selection of resources to help guide professionals interested in writing and improving their own statements on diversity.
- University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School workshop: Writing a Diversity Statement (see Rackham website)
- Golash-Boza, Tanya (June 10, 2016). The Effective Diversity Statement. Inside Higher Ed.
- Reyes, Victoria (January 25, 2018). Demystifying the Diversity Statement. Inside Higher Ed.
- Schmaling, K. B., Baker, D. L., Blume, A. W., & Trevino, A. Y. (2018). Applicant responses to diversity selection criteria in academic staff position descriptions. Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 1-16.
- UC San Diego Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. Contributions to Diversity Statements