Teaching Dossiers

A Dossier can be used to demonstrate your beliefs, strengths, accomplishments, and growth as an instructor. The process of developing a Dossier contributes to good teaching by stimulating self-reflection, self-analysis, and self-development. A typical Dossier will consist of four sections:

  • Approach to teaching
  • Teaching contributions
  • Reflections on and assessment of teaching
  • Supporting documentation

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CTL Guide to Teaching Dossiers

CTL Guide to Teaching Dossiers (PDF)

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This document is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This document was compiled and updated by Janice Miller-Young, PhD, P.Eng. Academic Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning

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Crafting a Teaching Philosophy Statement

February 19, 2020
Your teaching philosophy statement is a living document that changes as you develop as an instructor, and as you adapt it for specific purposes — an award, promotion, or application for new position, for example.

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Teaching PLUS

Teaching Philosophies

May 14, 2019
In this podcast, we are featuring a recording made for our colleague podcast "Teaching Writing: Ideas and Strategies" produced by Roger Graves. In this episode, Roger and Cosette Lemelin discuss writing teaching philosophies just in time for preparing for faculty evaluations!


Teaching Dossiers

July 30, 2019
The teaching portfolio is becoming increasingly used across Universities in North America as a way to reflect on (and evaluate) teaching. Whether you are starting your first portfolio, or looking to revise, Drs. Janice Miller-Young and John Nychka have some great advice for you in this episode of Teaching+.

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building your teaching portfolio

Building Your Teaching Portfolio... Starting Now!

August 21, 2019
Janice Miller-Young, CTL Academic Director

Stephen Brookfield writes in Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher that there are four lenses instructors need to consider while developing their teaching: personal experience, colleagues' perspectives, theory, and students' learning experience. In this workshop we will discuss these as well as possible formats and forms of evidence you can include in your portfolio in order to demonstrate your beliefs, strengths, accomplishments, and growth as an instructor. Participants will leave with an outline, as well as short- and long-term plans for building their teaching portfolio.

Brookfield, S. D. (2017). Becoming a critically reflective teacher. John Wiley & Sons.


CTL offers workshops on reflecting on your USRIs, writing teaching philosophies, and compiling teaching dossiers throughout the year. Check our calendar of events or subscribe to our newsletter for more information.

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