“… a reflective, evidence-based collection of materials that document teaching, research, and service performance. It brings together in one place information about a professor’s most significant professional accomplishments. It includes documents and materials that collectively suggest the scope, quality, and significance of a professor’s achievements. As such it allows faculty members to display their accomplishments for examination by others.”
( Seldin 2009, p. 2)
Just as an Example -- Contents of an Academic Portfolio: Teaching
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Teaching Methods, Strategies, Objectives
Student Ratings on Summative Questions
Colleague Evaluations From Those Who Have Observed Classroom Teaching or Reviewed Teaching Materials
Statement by the Department Chair Assessing the Professor's Teaching Contribution
Detailed, Representative Course Syllabi
Products of Teaching (Evidence of Student Learning)
Teaching Awards and Recognition
Teaching Goals: Short-Term and Long-Term
Just as an Example -- Contents of an Academic Portfolio: Research
Research Methods, Strategies, Objectives
Students accomplishments in research lab
Significant outcomes of collaborative or inter-disciplinary research
“… a collection of materials that document administrative performance. It brings together in one place information about the scope and quality of an administrator’s activities and accomplishments. It allows display of administrative achievements for examination by others and, in the process, contributes to both sounder personnel decisions and to the professional development of individual administrators (Seldin & DeZure, 1999)”
“… It is important to point out that the administrative portfolio is not an exhaustive compilation of all the documents and materials that bear on administrative performance. Instead, it presents selected information on administrative activities along with solid evidence of their effectiveness. … all claims made in the portfolio must be supported by firm empirical evidence.”
(Seldin 2002, p. 5)
Selecting Contents for an Administrative Portfolio
See details in handout:
Seldin 2002: “Choosing Items for the Portfolio” pp. 14-20.
“ In deciding what to include in the portfolio, it is important to consider whether the focus should be on outcomes (results) or behaviors (activities).”
“… a reflective narrative about librarianship, service, and professional/scholarly activity. Its creation requires time, effort, and most of all, contemplation about what you value, what you do to accomplish the goals you value, how your effectiveness is measured and how you develop professionally as librarian/scholar. The Professional Portfolio presents examples of your best work, not a compendium; thus it is selective .
( Elmhurst 2000)
An effective Academic Librarian Portfolio serves three essential purposes.
First, it presents a strong case for your development as a librarian, especially if each item you write about clearly demonstrate its value to you and to the Library and if your philosophies and your practices are consistent.
Second, it allows you to describe the role scholarly/professional activity plays in your professional development, especially when those activities, whether attending professional meetings, presenting research, publication, performance, exhibition of work, demonstrate a considered process of growth and development.
Research/Scholarship: Guiding questions as prompts (Seldin 2009, p. 16):
How would you explain your research [scholarship] to someone who knows very little about your discipline?
What are your goals? Methods? Results?
Why is your research significant?
What impact has it had on your discipline? On your department [unit] On your students?
What are your short-term and long-term research and scholarship goals?
An effective Academic Librarian Portfolio serves three essential purposes…
Third, an effective Professional Portfolio allows you to describe your participation in the life and work of your department, the college, your profession and your community.
See: Elmhurst College Faculty Council, Spring 2000. “The Professional Portfolio for Librarians”.
“ By completing the academic portfolio, I’ve been able to easily gather the important documents that I need to support my application for promotion.” (Economics, Pennsylvania).
“ The portfolio was particularly helpful as I prepared my material for tenure. It helped me articulate who I am academically to people outside my discipline. That was invaluable.” (Political Science, North Carolina).
“ My portfolio helped me to get ready for the promotion process! I felt much more prepared. Internal feedback on my portfolio was very positive, and several colleagues have now asked me to mentor them as they prepare their own portfolio.” (Clinical Science, Washington)
Dority, G. Kim (2006). “C r eating your Professional Portfolio,” Chap. 6 in Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals . Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited.
Seldin, Peter (2009). The Academic Portfolio : A Practical Guide to Documenting Teaching, Research, and Service . Jossey-Bass.
Seldin, Peter (2002). Administrative portfolio : A Practical Guide to Improved Administrative Performance and Personnel Decisions . Anker Publishing.
vanDuinkerken, Wyoma, Catherine Coker, and Margaret Anderson (2010). “L o oking Like Everyone Else: Academic Portfolios for Librarians,” Journal of Academic Librarianship 36(2):166-172, March 2010.