Teaching Portfolio Workshops & Retreats

Teaching Portfolios

A teaching portfolio is a cohesive collection of documents that communicates your philosophy of teaching, summarizes your teaching activity, provides evidence of your effectiveness, highlights student mentorship, and demonstrates a commitment to professional development. Learn more about teaching portfolios

Teaching Portfolio Workshops for Faculty

graphic showing teaching portfolioJoin colleagues, TLTC, and Faculty Affairs for interactive workshops on how to document and present your teaching contribution, student impact, and mentorship in your teaching portfolio (now required in the appointment, promotion, and tenure process).  Bring your questions and a laptop to test out some templates we made. These workshops are offered multiple times throughout the year. View other upcoming workshops and RSVP here

Teaching Portfolio Retreats for Graduate Students

If you plan to teach at the university level, you will likely need a teaching philosophy statement and a teaching portfolio. Join members of the TLTC staff, The Graduate School Writing Center, and fellow graduate students in a three-day retreat, sponsored by the Graduate School. Receive instruction and support in preparing your philosophy of teaching statement and developing your teaching portfolio by:

  • Learning about components of and expectations for teaching portfolio documents;
  • Reflecting on teaching practices and pedagogy;
  • Working with a focused learning community;
  • Accessing extensive resources and materials;
  • Utilizing dedicated work time and enjoying delicious meals; and
  • Engaging in discussions and peer-review with other graduate students and consultants

This is a unique opportunity for all graduate students who have taught at least two semesters or anticipate entering the job market within the next two years. Retreats are free of charge for graduate students and are held annually in mid-January and mid-June. 

For a schedule of the dates for the upcoming Teaching Portfolio Retreats, check out the Graduate Programs - Upcoming Events schedule.

Upcoming Teaching Portfolio Opportunities for All Instructors

Portfolio Palooza: We are now offering regular half-day Portfolio Palooza events for any instructor who would like a dedicated time and space to work on their teaching portfolios. Portfolio Palooza is a free event designed for graduate students, post-docs, faculty, and staff who need dedicated time and support to work on their teaching portfolio materials. Portfolio Palooza includes:

  • Dedicated time to work on your portfolio and supporting materials
  • Optional 1:1 consultations with TLTC staff and the opportunity to ask personalized questions
  • Unlimited coffee and tea

Portfolio Palooza's will be offered on the first Friday of the month between September and May.  From 9:00 to 9:30am there will be an informational overview of teaching portfolios and from 9:30am to 1:00pm there will be open work time.  Feel free to come and go during this open work time frame as you are available.

Announcements about dates for upcoming Teaching Portfolio Paloozas will be posted for Fall 2020, as soon as the dates are available.   

RSVP here for Portfolio Paloozas and other TLTC events.

If you have questions about the retreats or Portfolio Paloozas, please contact tltc@umd.edu.