Creating a Teaching Dossier

The teaching dossier (or portfolio) is widely used by faculty members to document their teaching experience and responsibilities, and to provide evidence of the quality of their skill development and ongoing teaching practice. At Dalhousie, candidates for faculty appointments, re-appointment, tenure, or promotion are usually required to submit a teaching dossier as part of the application process. Teaching dossiers and teaching philosophies are increasingly required for faculty job applications at many institutions. In this four-part workshop, you'll have the opportunity to think about your own teaching and how to accurately capture your practice in a dossier.

The Creating a Teaching Dossier workshop takes place over a two-week period each May. 

Although there are four scheduled face-to-face sessions included in this workshop, you should plan to spend additional time between the sessions working on your teaching dossiers. This includes preparing a draft of your Teaching Philosophy Statement during the first week. The act of compiling a dossier requires you to closely examine your own teaching practice—to help identify strengths and challenges and guide your plans for further developing your teaching. 

Please note: Participants enrolled in the Faculty Certificate in Teaching and Learning Program must attend both sessions in week 1 and at least one session in week 2.

Participants who are not enrolled in the Faculty Certificate should plan to attend both sessions in week 1 and are welcome to attend one or both sessions in week 2.

This workshop is intended for faculty or post-docs only. Graduate students should register for the Teaching Dossier Workshop designed for graduate students, coming in September 2019.

Week 1 face-to-face sessions

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019 from 10:00amto 12:00pm and Friday, May 17th, 2019 from 10:00am to 12:00pm

In the Tuesday session, you'll receive information and resources for effectively presenting your teaching ideas, experiences, and evidence in a teaching dossier that's tailored to your specific purpose. You'll receive examples and guidance for conceptualizing a teaching philosophy, and you'll begin to draft a teaching philosophy statement.

In the Friday session, faculty members—who have experience reading and assessing teaching dossiers as committee members for the tenure, promotion, and hiring processes—will describe their experiences of reading and evaluating dossiers. You will have the opportunity to ask questions.   

Also in this session, you'll exchange drafts of your teaching philosophy statements, offering and receiving peer feedback.

Week 2 face-to-face sessions

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 from 10:00amto 12:00pm and Friday, May 24th, 2019 from 10:00amto 12:00pm

During the second week of the workshop, we will hold two Teaching Dossier "Sit-ins," where you will have dedicated time to work on your dossiers in the company of your peers. Several educational developers will be present during the sit-ins to offer feedback and advice.

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Date and Time

Starts: Tuesday May 14, 2019 - 10:00am

Ends: Friday May 24, 2019 - 12:00pm

Location: Killam Library, Room B400

Cost: Free to Dalhousie employees

Additional Information

The Step-by-Step Creation of a Teaching Dossier[hyperlink]

The Teaching Dossier Template [DOC - 67 kB] [hyperlink]


Centre for Learning and Teaching



Additional Dates/Times



Killam Library, Room B400



Additional Information


Centre for Learning and Teaching