Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy (Graduate students and postdocs only)

Articulating your teaching philosophy is useful to guide your teaching practice, to communicate about how you teach, and to prepare for the academic job market.  Graduate students and postdocs can work with a teaching assistant consultant to develop or refine a written statement of your philosophy regarding teaching and learning.

What happens after I schedule a teaching philosophy consultation?

TA Consultant will contact you to schedule a meeting to discuss your teaching philosophy statement and will ask you to share your draft statement. Instructors often find it is most helpful to meet with a consultant once they have a complete draft, although the consultants are available to meet with you at earlier stages in the process as well. You will typically be able to meet with a consultant within 5 to 7 days of when you submit your request.

Are there any workshops or resources to help get me started?

CEE and the Internship and Career Center (ICC) offer workshops several times a year on preparing statements of teaching philosophy and teaching portfolios, among other topics. View upcoming workshops through the ICC and CEERecordings and materials from past workshops are also available. For more information, the University of Michigan has compiled excellent resources and advice on the teaching philosophy statement. Graduate students and postdocs who participate in the Seminar on College Teaching also develop a statement of teaching philosophy as part of the course.

Where can I get help with the quality of my writing, but not the content?

The Graduate Writing Fellows offer free writing consultations with all graduate students. Schedule a consultation for help organizing your ideas, improving your grammar and syntax, and overall strengthening of your writing skills.

Where can I get help with preparing other academic job materials?

The Internship and Career Center offers workshops, consultations, and resources related to the academic job search. Visit their website to learn about career options, research statements, CVs, cover letters, and more.