Teaching Statement Online

The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to offer a unique, online opportunity for current Columbia University doctoral students to learn about, write, and revise a teaching statement in order to enter the academic job market successfully.

The Teaching Statement Online intensive (TSO) is designed to let you work from home or wherever you do your best writing. Working 2-3 hours per week, this four-week program will move participants step-by-step through the writing process. Participants who complete the program will leave with a completed draft of their teaching statement and receive multiple rounds of feedback from CTL Teaching Consultants and peers.

Watch the video above to hear from other doctoral students about their experience.

How to join TSO

Teaching Statement Online most recently ran in Spring 2021. To be alerted when we are next running this intensive, please join CTL’s mail list. For other inquiries about TSO, contact CTLgrads@columbia.edu.

Program description

The Teaching Statement Online intensive provides practical tools for doctoral students at Columbia University to reflect on their teaching and present their practice–and its impact on students–in a reflective and intentional way. This program engages participants in collaborative analysis of sample teaching statements as well as the review of your peers’ statements. As a result, participants will leave the intensive with a full and vetted teaching statement, along with the skills and knowledge to create future revisions.

Each week, participants complete a new module. The program starts by defining what the teaching statement is and generating ideas for how to write the statement. Later, participants analyze excerpts from successful examples before drafting their own original teaching statements. Throughout the workshop, participants will receive individualized feedback from CTL Teaching Consultants – select graduate students who have trained with CTL to provide effective, supportive guidance.

Participants who complete all four weeks of activities will leave with a completed draft of their teaching statement and detailed feedback from Teaching Consultants and other peers in the program.

The TSO program is facilitated by the CTL’s Graduate Student Programs and Services team.


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