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Weekly Workshop: Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
March 7, 2013

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    • 1. slides and resources: CTD WEEKLY WORKSHOPS: WRITING A SUCCESSFUL TEACHING STATEMENT Peter Newbury Center for Teaching Development, University of California, San Diego @polarisdotca #ctducsd Thursday, March 7, 2013 12:30 – 1:30 pm Center Hall, Room 316
    • 2. End of grad school = stress 2 visa/immigration publish thesis in journ thesis job search moving defense funding/grants Research Statement CV Teaching Statement referencesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 3. Job announcements 3 Most job announcements require applicants to submit a “Teaching Statement”Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 4. “A Teaching what ?” 4 Teaching Portfolio Teaching Philosophy • Teaching Statement Teaching • Statement of Teaching Stateme • Statement of Teaching nt Philosophy • and more…Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 5. Purpose of a Teaching Portfolio 5  Collect in one place all your evidence of teaching  teaching philosophy  teaching statement  evaluations (like CAPE)  examples of your work: slide deck, assignments, exams  Feedback from students, colleagues, bosses  START ASAPWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 6. Purpose of a Teaching 6 Philosophy  Thesis statement for a broader teaching portfolio  Helps tie together and synthesize evidences  Demonstrate that you are reflective about your teaching  Communicate your goals and actions  As you revise, it may shape how you teach  Help you set goals for professional growthWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 7. Purpose of a Teaching 7 Statement  Be hired in your desired position  Demonstrate that you are reflective about your teaching  Communicate your goals and actions  Thesis statement for a broader teaching portfolio, if one will be included in your applicationWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 8. A Teaching Statement gives…8  Your conception of how learning occurs  A description of how your teaching facilitates learning  A reflection of why you teach the way you do  The goals you have for yourself and for your students  How your teaching enacts your beliefs and goals  What, for you, constitutes evidence of student learning  The ways in which you create an inclusiveWriting a Successful Teaching environment learning Statement
    • 9. Vanderbilt CfT Teaching Statement 9 in wordle, with keywords only a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 10. Vanderbilt CfT Teaching Statement 10 in wordle, all words anderbilt_CfT_-_all_wordsWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 11. Count the number of Example - Mathematics I, me, my,… 11 During my years of tutoring and teaching, I‟ve learned that there is no such thing as “obvious” in mathematics. Each student learns in his or her own unique way, and it takes a patient, creative instructor to motivate and educate an entire class, whether it is populated by budding mathematicians or students trying to satisfy a general education requirement. In the classroom, I try to illustrate key points using geometric, algebraic, and quantitative reasoning, and my lecturing is broken up by applied problems and projects that students work on in a small group environment. I view an instructor‟s role outside of class to be just as important as his or her role in class. I hold as many as ten office hours a week in order to fill in students‟ gaps in both current material and course prerequisites, and I also encourage students to come to my office to discuss challenge problems.Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 12. Count the number of Example – Women‟s Studies I, me, my,… 12 My teaching philosophy is reflective of my overall commitment to social justice and change through education. As a facilitator in the learning process, I pay attention to classroom dynamics and seek to create a supportive environment for students, within which they feel safe taking risks and making mistakes. Similarly, I see my own role not as infallible expert, but as someone engaged in reciprocal learning and dialogue with students. Within the classroom, I actively involve students in experiential application of sociological concepts and theories.Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 13. How do I get all this…into that? 13 LEGO image: wrenfieldrambling.blogspot.comWriting a Successful Teaching Statement Shuttle image:
    • 14. Step 1 14 sit and think Step 1 sit and thinkJust a thought by gintoxin78Writinga Successful Teaching Statement on flickr
    • 15. 15 Which of these do you feel is your primary role as an educator? A) Teaching students facts and principles of the subject B) Helping students develop basic learning skills C) Helping students develop higher-order thinking skills D) Preparing students for jobs/careers E) Being a role model for studentsWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 16. Teaching Goals Inventory (Excerpt) © 1993 Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross. rate the importance of each of the […] goals listed below to the specific course you have selected. Assesseach goals importance to what you deliberately aim to have your students accomplish, rather than the goalsgeneral worthiness or overall importance to your institutions mission. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers;only personally more or less accurate ones. Indicate whether each goal you rate is: (1) not applicable– a goal you never try to achieve (2) unimportant – a goal you rarely try to achieve (3) important – a goal you sometimes try to achieve (4) very important – a goal you often try to achieve (5) essential – a goal you always/nearly always try to achieve (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Goal      17. Improve mathematical skills      18. Learn terms and facts of this subject      19. Learn concepts and theories in this subject      20. Develop skill in using materials, tools, and/or technology central to this subject      21. Learn to understand perspectives and values of this subject      22. Prepare for transfer or graduate study      23. Learn techniques and methods used to gain new knowledge in this subject      24. Learn to evaluate methods and materials in this subject16      25. Learn to appreciate important contributions to this subjectWriting a   Teaching Statement Successful   26. Develop an appreciation of the liberal arts and sciences
    • 17. General Guidelines 17  Make your Teaching Statement brief and well written. While Teaching Statements are probably longer at the tenure level (i.e. 3-5 pages or more), for hiring purposes they are typically 1-2 pages in length.  Use narrative, first-person approach. This allows the Teaching Statement to be both personal and reflective.  Be sincere and unique. Avoid clichés, especially ones about how much passion you have for teaching.Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 18. General Guidelines 18  Make it specific rather than abstract. Ground your ideas in 1-2 concrete examples, whether experienced or anticipated. This will help the reader to better visualize you in the classroom.  Be discipline specific. Do not ignore your research. Explain how you advance your field through teaching.  Avoid jargon and technical terms, as they can be off-putting to some readers.Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 19. General Guidelines 19  Try not to simply repeat what is in your CV. Teaching Statements are not exhaustive documents and should be used to complement other materials for the hiring or tenure processes.  Be humble. Mention students in an enthusiastic, not condescending way, and illustrate your willingness to learn from your students and colleagues.  Revise. Teaching is an evolving, reflective process, and Teaching Statements can beWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 20. General Guidelines 20  Customize for the Department you‟re applying to: “I would be excited to teach introductory courses like your MATH 10A and MATH 20B.” “With my research background, I would be able to teach graduate-level courses in European history like HIST 554.”  Remove UCSD-specific acronyms like UCSD, CAPE, SIO, SE, MAE, CSE,…Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 21. General Guidelines 21  Formatting: do everything you can to make it easy for the hiring committee members to read your doc:  Put a header on each page with your name, so that the reader can easily associate your awesome words with your name  full justification gives your doc a polished look  check your PDF very carefully for .docx to .pdf conversion problems (esp. with bulletWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 22. KEY Guideline:22  You need a kick a** opening paragraph!  What distinguishes you from everyone else applying?  Why will the hiring committee remember your teaching statement? Give them something to remember you by!  Imagine the hiring committee only reads the 1st paragraph carefully and skims the rest. Hit „em with your best stuff right away – don‟t save it for the concluding paragraph.  It‟s okay to spend extra (way too much) time on the 1st paragraph – it could get you (or cost you)Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 23. Five major components (Chism, 23 1998) 1. Conceptualization of learning How do people learn? 2. Conceptualization of teaching How do I facilitate that learning? 3. Goals for students Content and skills 4. Implementation of philosophy What do I do in the classroom? Does it work? 5. Professional growth plan How have I grown, and how will I grow in the future?Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 24. Write, rubric, revise, rubric, 24 revise… Needs Excellent Work Weak Goals for student learning Enactment of goals (teaching method) Assessment of goals (measuring student learning) Creating an inclusive learning environment Structure, rhetoric and languageWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 25. You‟ve drafted it. Now what?25 1. Get someone you trust in your discipline to read it.  Their familiarity with the subject may catch errors specific to your field (eg, field work in geophysics) 2. Get someone you trust NOT in your discipline to read it.  When they ask you what something means, it forces you to think carefully and concisely about the concept.  People beyond the hiring-Department (eg, Faculty Dean) may read itWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
    • 26. Resources 26  Center for Research on Learning and Teaching University of Michigan  Center for Teaching Vanderbilt University  McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning Princeton University statement  Center for the Advancement of Teaching Ohio State University  Center for Teaching Development University of California, San Diego ctd.ucsd.eduWriting a Successful Teaching Statement