Graduate Professional Development

Teaching Resources

Drafting a Teaching Philosophy Statement
As a graduate teaching assistant, you may be asked to state your philosophy of teaching when submitting a teaching portfolio in seeking academic positions. A teaching philosophy statement is a one-to-two page (single-spaced) document describing your core approach to teaching in your field. It should include a concise, first-person description of your teaching approach and examples of specific course topics, assignments, assessments, and strategies drawn from courses you have taught or are prepared to teach or from past mentoring experiences.

The examples should demonstrate your range of teaching expertise, illustrate your objectives, methods, and approaches, and allow readers to envision your teaching approach in action. A Teaching Philosophy Statement is not a summary of your CV nor is it an article on pedagogy. It is a practical, specific discussion of the objectives and approaches you currently use, have used in the past, and plan to use in the future. Learn more about writing a teaching philosophy statement.

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Teaching Undergraduates Effectively

Two top strategies for effective teaching as a graduate student: Be organized and show students you care about their learning. Here are resources to give you confidence in the classroom: