Outline for Portfolio Preparation
It is the Committee's position that sufficient information documenting teaching and excellence is critical to a positive decision in favor of the nominee. The submission of a portfolio with inadequate documentation will likely result in excellence not being recognized. For this reason, the Committee offers the following guidelines for portfolio inclusion. This section provides information regarding both required and recommended supporting documentation that should be submitted as part of a nominee's teaching portfolio. The following is a list of required and suggested supporting documentation:
- Table of contents.
- Curriculum vita of individual being nominated.
- Letter of nomination
- Courses taught at Indiana University—listed by semester and enrollment.
- Self-analysis—describe any efforts undertaken to analyze teaching, with specific reference to self-improvement and student accomplishment in its broadest sense. It is recommended that the nominee include a statement about his/her teaching philosophy.
- Student evaluations of teaching—both numeric and written comments should be provided for a minimum of the last three to five preceding years. A random sample of student evaluations across the teaching career should be provided for all prior years. Include only summaries when student evaluation forms have been utilized. Do not include the actual student evaluation forms completed by students. Also include all unsolicited student evaluations as well.
- Peer evaluations—both local and external—solicited and unsolicited.
- Examples of course syllabi, assignments, tests, quizzes and handouts.
- Administrative evaluations—indicate areas specific to teaching.
- Publications related to teaching—when possible include copies of publications.
- Systematic course or program development—include materials or descriptions of effort and evaluation data if available.
- Research related to teaching—list publications and submit abstracts if possible.
- Academic student counseling—describe any unusual activities, such as working with students in special needs areas.
Items 1-7 above are required material and shall be included for all portfolio submissions. Items 7-12 are highly recommended by the Committee for inclusion in the portfolio. The Committee recommends that the material be submitted in the order indicated above. All material submitted must be placed in a single three-ring binder. An additional binder may be submitted with supporting evidence, but the case should be made in the main binder. The second binder is for additional supporting documentation only.
Each binder shall contain appropriate transitional narrative to aid the Committee in an understanding of the importance of the material provided in each section. For example, the section on student evaluations shall provide an opening statement regarding the procedure used to administer, collect and return the evaluations to the faculty member. All other sections of the teaching portfolio shall also include appropriate transitional narrative. The Selection Committee has found organizational tabs separating each section helpful in locating specific information in portfolios and suggests the use of such by nominees.