Assembling the teaching portfolio for a promotion dossier need not be daunting. Using the templates below as a guide, collect potential portfolio materials after every semester, ensuring you have the artifacts that may be needed for the final portfolio. The University provides access to data storage services (e.g., umd.box.com) or personal storage solutions may be used. Each of the templates below may be used to assist with organizing stored artifacts for later assembly. Faculty are encouraged to work with the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) in the development of their portfolio, following department, school, or university guidelines. University APT guidelines are provided at faculty.umd.edu. Information about the effectiveness of portfolios is provided at the end of this document, as are additional resources useful in the development of portfolios.
Depending on the requirements or guidelines of the home unit, several organizational structures can be envisioned for the teaching portfolio. There is no one way to present a teaching portfolio because there is no one way to teach. The goal is to represent the breadth of your approaches and thinking about teaching while also showing enough depth to communicate what actually goes on in your classes. Typical organizational structures are outlined below, but are merely suggestions to make it easier for you to get started; faculty are free to develop personalized portfolio structures as long as they meet department requirements. Note that the fixed expectation is that the Personal Teaching Statement is the leading element in all of the organizational structures described below and should be the lead element in any portfolio.