If a job ad says to submit "evidence of teaching excellence," would you assume that this means you should also include a teaching statement/philosophy? Is there anything you would include with "evidence of teaching excellence" other than course evaluations? I've just never seen this specific phrasing before so I'm not sure what to make of it. Thanks!
Date: 08 Mar 2013 20:02
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Well, you could also include faculty (peer) evaluations of teaching, if anyone has observed you teach. You could probably also include sample syllabi, or an example of an assignment.
When I see an ad with only "evidence of teaching excellence," I send a teaching portfolio that includes a teaching statement, syllabi, samples lessons, sample assignments, and course evals. I believe that my teaching statement IS evidence of my teaching excellence. It shows that I have learned from my experiences, that everything I do has purpose, and that I have specific goals for my students.
I agree with willwork4money and send a portfolio in addition to my teaching statement. I have summary of evals, sample assignments, sample student work (with feedback on some). I think it is very important to have some sort of reflection on these samples and to include how you assess of the assignments. I did this by including my thought process and/or what I plan to revise with the assignments that I included. I know several search committees commented on how much they liked the rubrics I included with assignments and the data I presented for two of my activities. Personally, I don't include syllabi, I just don't think it tells you that much and takes up a ton of valuable space! In my opinion, I would rather include things that show creativity and evidence based teaching methods. I have a 'courses taught' section and highlight learning goals and objectives, any themes for the courses and highlight what I think the strengths are for MY specific course (i.e., not every other intro class ever taught). I do realize that this takes considerable more effort than just sticking things in a file, but I do believe it makes a difference for SLACs (I did get a bunch of campus interviews using this method). Take it for what it's worth and best of luck!
Thanks everyone for the tips. These are not things I had ever been recommended to include in an application packet, but it sounds like they are appealing to search committees. Thanks!