Documenting Your Teaching

What did you do last semester? How effective was it? And how will it inform what you do in the future? Documenting Your Teaching is a set of workshops that focus on ways to gather real evidence of your teaching life.

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About the Program

The Documenting Your Teaching series offers opportunities to work with CTL staff and other graduate students in a supportive setting to develop a teaching statement and build a teaching portfolio. Two-part sequences allow participants to learn about best practices, develop drafts, and get individual feedback. Teaching Statement Sprints will run in late September 2017 (registration will be open soon, see details below).


This program is open to current graduate students at Columbia.

Session Descriptions

From preparing teaching statements to building a teaching portfolio, Documenting Your Teaching workshops provide useful resources and support for Columbia doctoral students preparing for the job market. 

Teaching Statement Sprint
This two-part series offers graduate students a hands-on opportunity to prepare a teaching statement for the academic job market. In this session, participants get an introduction to elements of a strong teaching statement, and then engage in activities designed to kick-start the writing process of a draft or revision of their own statements. In a follow-up meeting, participants share full drafts of their statements, offer each other feedback and suggestions, and further refine their statements.

Building a Teaching Portfolio
What can you use as evidence of your teaching practice? This two-part series provides an overview of the purpose and content of a teaching portfolio for the academic job market. In the first session, participants reflect on their own teaching experience, consider elements of a teaching portfolio, and begin an inventory list for creating their own teaching portfolios. In the second session, participants work together to construct their portfolios and refine their reflections regarding each component part.


For more information about this series, please email