Course Description

Developing your Teaching Dossier for Tenure and/or Promotion is designed for academic staff with the University of Calgary Academic in preparation for the 1st September 2023 deadline.

As described in The Faculty Association of the University of Calgary (TUCFA) Collective agreement “A teaching dossier is a document that contains carefully selected and assembled materials which are reflective of one’s preparation, thoughtfulness, and innovation in teaching, and represent evidence of one’s achievements in teaching” (Appendix 28 A, pp. 109-110).

This course is a guided self-paced module including optional zoom sessions and resources in D2L.  All materials – including Zoom recordings – will be available in D2L for self-paced work. This course offers continuous enrolment.

The optional Zoom sessions feature a topic, review, and opportunities for Q&A and discussion. Participants often use these sessions to keep on track as they develop their dossier for the tenure and/or promotion application.

Session Schedule

All optional Zoom sessions will be held from 13:00 to 13:50 MT. Zoom links will be sent out at least one hour prior to the start time. All sessions will be recorded and posted on D2L for later use. 

  • May 18, 2023
  • June 1, 2023
  • June 22, 2023
  • June 29, 2023
  • July 13, 2023
  • July 27, 2023
  • Aug 10, 2023
  • Aug 17, 2023

What is a Teaching Dossier

"A teaching dossier (also referred to as a teaching portfolio) presents an integrated summary of your teaching philosophy, approaches, accomplishments, and effectiveness. It contains documents and materials that provide evidence of the scope, quality, and impact of your teaching practice (Seldin et al., 2010). A teaching dossier is grounded in a strong teaching philosophy statement that describes what your fundamental beliefs are about teaching and learning, why you hold these values and beliefs, and how you translate these claims into practice. The teaching philosophy statement becomes the thesis around which the dossier is built, providing a framework for the presentation of evidence and exemplary materials (Schonwetter et al., 2002).

A dossier highlights the teaching practices you implement that align with the key claims made in your teaching philosophy and provides strong evidence
of the impact of these teaching strategies and approaches on student learning. A teaching dossier should be presented as an organized, integrated, and cohesive document that provides a reflective narrative of your teaching experience. Unlike a CV, a teaching dossier does not include your academic research unless that research is directly related to teaching (i.e., a scholarship of teaching and learning project). While a CV documents your past successes, a teaching dossier also includes reflection on past teaching and outlines teaching goals for the future. Finally, a CV typically documents everything that has been done, while a teaching dossier is a curated collection of the best examples and evidence that you select to support the claims in your philosophy statement."

– From the Teaching Philosophies and Teaching Dossiers Guide (2018) (Learn more here)


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