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Demystifying the Dossier: Preparing Your Teaching Dossier

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT


April 2
10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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Cora McCloy, Faculty Liaison Coordinator, SoTL, CTSI,
Samantha Chang, Faculty Liaison, Anti-Racist Pedagogies, CTSI

At the University of Toronto, a teaching dossier must be submitted as part of the formal review process for tenure and continuing status. Beyond the information included in an academic CV, a teaching dossier describes and documents an instructor’s teaching expertise, goals and priorities for teaching and learning, contributions to course and curriculum design efforts, evidence of student impact, and evidence of teaching leadership.

This session focuses on an overview of the content and overall structure of an effective teaching dossier. Participants will develop a plan for assembling and strengthening their own dossiers and be guided in how to use a narrative throughout their dossier to connect and create coherence between multiple sections and sources of evidence.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Engage with their own Divisional Guidelines on Teaching Effectiveness to map out key criteria
  • Identify the key elements of their dossier and artifacts for inclusion
  • Assess alignment between their teaching claims and evidence, and identify effective ways to frame evidence
  • Plan steps for editing their developing narrative and preparing their final document.

Participants will be provided a digital workbook prior to the webinar and this document will form the basis of the session activities. Please note that this webinar will focus on the preparation of a teaching dossier by appointed faculty members for the purposes of undergoing a review process (tenure or continuing status). Teaching dossiers prepared for job searches carry different expectations and will not be the focus of this session.

Optional pre-webinar work:
We recommend that participants attend the Drafting Your Statement of Teaching Philosophy webinar. As well, consider reviewing the following asynchronous resources regarding Identifying and Articulating Teaching Success:

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