The Teaching Philosophy/Teaching Statement

The teaching philosophy (or teaching statement) is becoming a more common part of academic life for both faculty and graduate students. Graduate students report that colleges and universities often request statements from applicants for faculty positions. Faculty at an increasing number of institutions must develop a teaching statement as they approach tenure and promotion. Instructors at all levels find that writing their statement helps them develop as teachers, since it entails making their implicit views on teaching and student learning explicit and comparing those views to actual teaching practice.

CRLT RESOURCES

CRLT Occasional Paper #23, Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy for the Academic Job Search, (O’Neal, Meizlish, and Kaplan, 2007)

Rubric for Statements of Teaching Philosophy (Kaplan, O'Neal, Meizlish, Carillo, and Kardia, 2005)

Examples of Teaching Philosophies from U-M Graduate Students

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RESOURCES FROM PEER INSTITUTIONS

The Ohio State University

University of Iowa

Harvard University

University of Saskatchewan

University of Minnesota

Vanderbilt University

FURTHER READING ON TEACHING STATEMENTS

RESOURCES ON WRITING A DIVERSITY STATEMENT

Along with teaching statements, many colleges and universities now consider diversity statements during faculty hiring and promotion. As this practice becomes more commonplace, we offer a selection of resources to help guide professionals interested in writing and improving their own statements on diversity.

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