Q&A: Teaching Philosophy

Today a student stopped by with a question that I’ll pose to you below about teaching philosophies. These statements are increasingly important for students going on the job market, and even for students seeking certain kinds of graduate student teaching positions within the University.

Q:

Does the department keep a file of sample statements of teaching philosophy?

A:

Not yet. This is something we should talk about at the Town Hall. Perhaps the construction of a teaching philosophy can be incorporated into our syllabus workshop. You can also check with the Center for Teaching and Learning and CAPS.

Also, please consider this a call for examples! Feel free to write in the comments about strategies you’ve employed when crafting your teaching philosophy or send a copy of your actual statement to Tara to keep on file.

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