The Purpose of Teaching Dossiers
What is a teaching dossier?
A teaching dossier is "a compilation of materials that collectively
suggest the scope and quality of a professor's teaching performance."
(Seldin, 2004, as quoted in Chescheir, 2005). An effective dossier
contains approximately 6-10 pages, not including the Appendices.
Canadian universities employ the term "dossier" rather than portfolio,
as dossier is used both in English and French languages. Unlike a CV, a
teaching dossier contains material related only to educational
A teaching dossier:
Why is a teaching dossier useful?
- Demonstrates other aspects of your professional work that contribute to your teaching.
- Demonstrates your effectiveness as a teacher
- Contains evidence of your achievements, plans, and growth.
- To aid in promotion and tenure*
- To apply for bonuses, scholarships, or grants
- To document the quality and quantity of your professional development
Assists in preparation for interviews and applications by highlighting experiences, etc.
Provides an opportunity to reflect on your teaching
Document evolving expertise in teaching and teaching methods
- Focus on future goals, based on evidence of success and setbacks
What is the difference between a teaching dossier and a CV?
To organize your experience and learning
To be a resource and collection
teaching dossier represents material related only to teaching. Other
accomplishments related to research or clinical work, unless these
activities are educationally focused, should be included on a CV.
Also, whereas a CV provides a list of accomplishments, a teaching
dossier should provide the reader with an overview of your development
as a teacher including planned areas for future development.
Portfolio Preparation Guide
, Florida State, http://www.career.fsu.edu/experience/document/portfolio-guide.html
* At Queen's University:
For Clinical Faculty going forward for Renewal/Reappointment/Tenure or Promotion
a teaching dossier is required
For faculty covered by Queen's University Faculty Association Agreement (QUFA)
Article 29 .2 describes the need for a teaching dossier in relation to annual Performance Review, Renewal, Tenure, Continuing Appointment, Reappointment and Promotion.