Your Teaching Dossier/Portfolio: A S.M.A.R.T. (Systematic, Manageable, Articulate, Reviewed, Tangible) Approach for SFU Faculty

Spring 2018

Fridays, March 2, 9 & 23, 2018 | 1:30–4:00
Robert C. Brown Hall 5120, Burnaby campus

A teaching dossier or portfolio is required by policy for faculty members seeking promotion at SFU. This three-part series will help you prepare your own dossier or portfolio by examining the rationale for teaching dossiers/portfolios, reviewing generic models for teaching dossiers, exploring how to create a Philosophy of Teaching statement, discussing approaches for documenting teaching activities, and engaging in peer reviews of the results.

This series is co-sponsored by the Teaching and Learning Centre and the SFU Faculty Association.

Please note that your attendance at all three workshops is recommended.

   Register by February 9, 2018

Additional information

In the first workshop, we will discuss the rationale for teaching dossiers/portfolios, examine a generic model (adaptable to your discipline standards), and learn a common language used to discuss teaching and learning approaches. You will then use that language to develop your Philosophy of Teaching statement and begin collecting evidence.

In the second workshop, we will discuss approaches to reviewing dossiers/portfolios and discuss the rationale for the types of evidence commonly included. With that guidance, you will peer-review your colleagues’ Philosophy of Teaching statements and begin writing a narrative to link your claims with your evidence.

In the third workshop, we will examine criteria used in other institutions and undertake another peer-review cycle to provide you with further feedback.


Russell Day
Teaching Professor, Department of Psychology

February 23, 2018