Steps for Creating a Teaching Portfolio

Seldin (1993. 2010) suggests following the six steps below when creating a portfolio:

  1. Clarify teaching responsibilities - Start with an understanding of the role that you are expected to play in the department with regard to its various functions. This will help you determine what kinds of specifics need to be documented.
  2. Select items for your Portfolio - Based on the teaching responsibilities noted in step 1, you will select information relevant to those responsibilities rather than gathering every piece of data that can be found.
  3. Prepare statements on each item - Now prepare statements on each item that shows their relation to the overall responsibilities and how they reflect your status as an instructor.
  4. Arrange the items in order - The order might be in terms of importance to your responsibilities. It might also be chronological to show growth over time and can be in categories of types of teaching responsibilities to show breadth. The order should reflect the purpose of the evaluation.
  5. Compile the supporting data - Evidence relating to the statements on each item should be gathered to support conclusions drawn. This evidence is best placed in an appendix.
  6. Incorporate the Portfolio into the curriculum vitae - Since the portfolio is about only one aspect of your responsibilities, it needs to be viewed in the total context for the most accurate interpretation.



Seldin, Peter and Associates (1993) Successful Use of Teaching Portfolios. Belton, MA: Anker Publishing.

Seldin, P., Miller, J. E., & Seldin, C.A. (2010). The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions (4th Ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.