Graduate TA Workshop Series, Spring 2015


Creating a Teaching Portfolio

  • Tuesday February 17, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Library [east wing] E159) - Register
  • Friday March 13, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Library [east wing] E159) - Register
  • Thursday April 9, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Library [east wing] E159) - Register

For those graduate teaching assistants hoping to get academic jobs at teaching focused institutions, a Teaching Portfolio will be a vital part of any successful job search. As with all your job search materials, it is important to start developing a teaching portfolio well in advance of your search and to have a plan for maintaining those materials regularly and efficiently. This workshop will explore the elements you will need in your portfolio, offer strategies for developing a portfolio that represents a learner-focused instructor, and explore several on-line services and tools for maintaining your portfolio through graduation and beyond.

Developing Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  • Tuesday March 17, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Library [east wing] E159) - Register
  • Wednesday April 15, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Library [east wing] E159) - Register

Job applications often ask for “statements of teaching philosophy,” but few of us may have seen what many of these statements look like and have little practice writing our own. In this interactive session, we look at some samples and proceed through a sequence of writing and discussion activities designed to help you identify what you value in your own teaching and how that is represented in concrete activities in the classroom. This is a working session and the intent will be to come away with real strategies for approaching your first draft.

Contact Matthew Russell for further information at russelmr@uwm.edu.