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Putting It Into Words: Drafting Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy

February 13 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


February 13
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Facilitator: Megan Burnett, Associate Director, Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation

As part of the Demystifying the Dossier Series, this workshop serves as a pre-‘teaching dossier’ workshop, and is the companion to the “Demonstrating and Capturing Teaching Success” and “Interpreting and Integrating Course Evaluations” sessions that were offered in Fall 2017. This workshop is the 3rd workshop in the 4-part series. Faculty are welcome to attend one or multiple workshops in the series.

As part of the Demystifying the Dossier series of workshops, this session focuses on one of the key components of the teaching dossier that is also one of the most challenging to write: the opening Statement of Teaching Philosophy. A good statement summarizes and highlights the core beliefs and principles of an educator while also providing a conceptual framework for the dossier materials that follow. It needs to provide enough information and examples to convey a vivid sense of the values and approaches of an instructor, yet also needs to be clear enough and concise enough to be meaningful to the reader of the dossier.

In this interactive and practical workshop, participants will:

  • identify key elements of a successful statement – this will include brief analysis of sample statements;
  • examine their own perspectives on teaching;
  • review steps to follow when preparing to write the statement;
  • practice articulating key aspects of their teaching through short writing activities and discussion;
  • edit their own teaching statement draft.

To benefit fully from this workshop, registrants will be asked to complete the “Teaching Perspectives Inventory” (a free online survey that takes approximately 20 minutes to complete) prior to the session and are required to bring a draft of their statement (no matter how rough, even bullet points and rough notes will work) to the session. The goal is for participants to leave the workshop with a very clear sense of what steps to take to enhance their drafts.


This session will not focus on how to prepare/compile the actual dossier itself. CTSI will be hosting a workshop on Preparing Your Teaching Dossier on April 11, 2018. Participants attending the Putting It Into Words session do not need to know how to prepare a teaching dossier to be able to benefit from the workshop.

  • February 13, 2018, 1:30pm-4pm

    CTSI, Blackburn Room Robarts Library, 4th Floor


Blackburn Room
130 St. George Street, 4th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5
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