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Approaching the Job Market

Are you getting ready to go on the academic job market? The CTL offers a number of ways to help graduate students effectively develop their teaching and provide evidence of their teaching experience in applications and interviews. As you get ready to go on the market, take advantage of programming and services to refine your teaching portfolio, teaching statement, diversity statement, syllabi, and other evidence of the teaching skills you’ve developed at Columbia.

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Approaching the Job Market

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Teaching Development Program

CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) helps you to cultivate, document, and articulate your teaching development across the arc of your graduate school career. Graduate students can participate in the TDP program on either of two tracks: Foundational or Advanced. Completion of a TDP track earns a letter outlining track competencies and certifying completion from the CTL, and is noted on Columbia transcripts for doctoral students in Arts and Sciences, SEAS, Mailman, as well as masters students in the School of the Arts. Advanced Track participants build digital teaching portfolios on a WordPress platform supported by CTL and Columbia University Libraries. Learn more.

On-demand Resources

Intro to the Teaching Portfolio 

This module is designed to support you in compiling your teaching portfolio, a set of materials that complements your teaching statement to represent your teaching. A teaching portfolio takes time to collect, curate, and revise. Thus, this CTL self-paced resource is designed to help kickstart the assembly of your portfolio and to support you as you continue to add to and iterate on your teaching portfolio in the future. Access module.

Intro to the Diversity Statement 

The diversity statement is a recent addition to the suite of materials hiring committees may ask for you to submit for academic job applications. These statements are often deeply personal and, as a result, can take a lot of time and effort to craft, elaborate, and revise. The CTL has designed this self-paced resource to introduce you to the diversity statement as a genre and help you begin the process of ideating and crafting the first draft of your statement. Access module.

Intro to the Teaching Statement

A teaching statement takes time to brainstorm, draft, and revise. This is why the CTL has designed this self-paced resource to introduce you to the teaching statement—one of the most frequently requested teaching materials on the academic job market—and help kickstart the writing of your first draft. Access module.

Recurring workshops


Writing a Teaching Statement

Are you drafting a teaching statement for the academic job market? In this workshop, you will have a hands-on opportunity to gather ideas and draft effective components of your teaching statement. Learn the elements of a strong teaching statement and engage in activities to kick-start the writing process.  Check for upcoming workshops.

Writing a Diversity Statement

Diversity statements are becoming increasingly common in the academic job application process, but what are they and how do you write one? In this workshop, learn about the components of a reflective and thoughtful diversity statement, see sample statements, and brainstorm your first draft.  Check for upcoming workshops.

Building Your Portfolio

What counts as evidence of your teaching practice and how can you best organize it for the job market? In this workshop, you will learn about the content and purpose of a teaching portfolio on the academic job market, reflect on your own teaching experience, and take inventory of the evidence you already have. Get a start on assembling your portfolio and polishing your teaching materials and reflections through peer review.  Check for upcoming workshops.

Syllabus from Scratch

Drafting a syllabus for the first time? This two-part series will introduce you to the key elements of an effective syllabus and help you define learning goals and assessment methods that will promote student learning in your course. Check for upcoming workshops.

Careers in Educational Development

Curious about the field of educational development as a career trajectory? Come hear from the CTL’s Assistant Directors (ADs) and Learning Designers (LDs) about our recent paths to careers in educational development and early experiences in this growing field.  Check for upcoming sessions.



Individual Consultations

Sign up for a teaching consultation to receive individualized feedback from CTL staff on your teaching portfolio; teaching, diversity, and research statements; syllabi; and any other teaching materials as you prepare for the job market. Learn more.

Teaching Observations

Teaching observations give you an opportunity to receive direct feedback on your classroom instruction by a fellow trained graduate student. Through this service, you will gain better insight into what it’s like to be a student in your class, how you were successful as an instructor, and new approaches you might try in your teaching. Learn more.

Looking Forward

Not yet on the academic job market, but wondering how to prepare for a faculty position? It’s never too early to attend any of these programs and services! Sign up for the CTL email list to receive updates on other opportunities to dive deeper into your teaching.

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