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

Spring 2018

Fridays, February 23, March 9 & 23, 2018 | 1:30–4:00
Education Building 7512, 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 to prepare your own dossier or portfolio. As outlined below, we will discuss the rationale for teaching dossiers/portfolios, examine a generic model, develop a Philosophy of Teaching statement, learn to document teaching activities, engage in peer review of the results, and more.

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 of the workshops, 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 use that language to develop your Philosophy of Teaching statement and begin collecting evidence that might be included.

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 the narrative that link your claims with your evidence.

In the third “optional” workshop, we will examine criteria used in other institutions and again peer-review your drafts and provide you with feedback.


Russell Day
Teaching Professor, Department of Psychology

February 23, 2018