Developing Your Teaching Portfolio and Philosophy

Event Date & Time

  • January 16, 2020
    3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Event Description

***Note: This session is intended for Graduate Students, and Undergraduate and Graduate TAs only. We invite Faculty and Staff to sign up for our sessions during CTLT’s Spring, Summer, and Winter Institutes.

Do you want to pursue a career in teaching? If so, then this workshop is a must! Together, we will break down the components of a teaching portfolio and how to make your own. You will also participate in a guided reflection to help you think about your TA and other teaching/learning experiences to identify your strengths and values as a teacher so that you can prepare your own teaching philosophy. 

This workshop will benefit both experienced and new TAs! Feel free to bring a draft of your teaching philosophy if you have one as you will have a chance to expand on and assess it (but it is not required for participation).

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the main components of a teaching portfolio
  • Reflect on and evaluate the value of your TA and/or non-instructor experiences
  • Brainstorm specific examples to contribute to your teaching portfolio based on your teaching/learning experiences
  • Outline a first draft of your teaching philosophy


The TA Institute is open to all undergraduate TAs, graduate students who are interested in teaching, and all graduate student TAs. This session is not open to general undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, or faculty.


  • Lindsay Fraughton is an MA student in Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies, working on tracing ancient legal practices through narratives. Lindsay’s favourite article about teaching is “Demanding Kinder Classrooms Doesn’t Make You a Snowflake” by Daniel Heath Justice. Outside the classroom, Lindsay loves hiking and snowboarding.
  • Jennifer Brown is a PhD Candidate in Pharmaceutical Sciences investigating the roles and fate of methylarginine-containing proteins in yeast. Jennifer is also the Lead Facilitator of the Graduate-Student Facilitator team at CTLT where she coordinates the ISW program.  

To be completed – Pre/Post Session Online Module


If you wish to complete this workshop as part of the theme Teaching Career Preparations, you must complete the pre-session online module by January 13 at 9 AM and the post-session online module by January 20 at noon to receive the letter of completion.

TA Institute

This year’s TA Institute includes sessions on Inclusive, Student-Centered Learning, Teaching Career Preparations, Teaching Fundamentals, Transformative Growth in Learning, and Interdisciplinary and Experiential Learning. If you are interested in impacting your current or future TAships, or in improving your teaching skills, be sure to join us for one or more of these 2 hour, interactive workshops.

This year, workshops in the TA institute are organized into 5 themes, and if you complete 3 workshops in a theme, and do the related pre- & post-session online modules, you are eligible for a letter of completion that you can include in your Teaching Portfolio and CV. These letters will include a brief description of any themes that you completed, and how the work you did in those themes supports your development as a teacher.

This year’s themes are:




Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Please note this room is located through the CTLT offices of the 2nd floor in IKBLC.