Guide to preparing your teaching dossier

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At the University of Victoria, the processes of annual reviews, tenure, and promotion require faculty to submit teaching dossiers— personalized collections of materials that document teaching effectiveness—along with their CV and annual reports. In addition, the teaching dossier is necessary for applying for a new academic position and for being considered for a teaching award. While many faculties are already aware of the need for such a dossier and have prepared them, some are still unclear as to what exactly a teaching dossier is and what it should contain. The aim of this guide is to answer these questions and to help you to create your own personalized dossier, consistent with the UVic guidelines.

This guide begins with information, thought-provoking questions, and exercises to assist you in developing your teaching identity so that you can confidently write the most important part of the dossier — the teaching statement. It then moves onto discussion of the different components that you can begin gathering for your dossier in easy-to-follow steps.


What is a teaching dossier?

  • sometimes called a portfolio, which contains documentation about your experience as an instructor
  • begins with a teaching statement or philosophy
  • is the compendium of all of your evidence (in appendices) to support your teaching statement
  • is not the place to list all of the teaching you have ever done (do not repeat what is in your curriculum vitae or other areas of the report)


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April 29, 2021

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