"A teaching portfolio is a factual description of a professor's teaching strengths and accomplishments. It includes documents and materials that collectively suggest the scope and quality of a professor's teaching performance. The portfolio is to teaching what lists of publications, grants, and honors are to research and scholarship. As such, it allows faculty members to display their teaching accomplishments for examination by others. And in the process, it contributes to both sounder tenure and promotion decisions and the the professional development of individual faculty members."
--The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions, 4th edition (P. Seldin, J. E. Miller, & C. A. Seldin, 2010)
A teaching portfolio is both an ongoing process that facilitates reflection and growth and a format for documenting your teaching for a particular audience and purpose and in a specific context. Your portfolio will continue to change and develop throughout your career, but at certain times (for promotion, hiring, an award) you will produce a specific portfolio for review.
Creating a teaching portfolio can be summarized in three steps:
A teaching portfolio consists of a teaching statement, which provides the broad overview of your teaching goals, methods, and assessment, evidence of your teaching effectiveness, and examples of your teaching practice. Each of these sections is discussed in more detail in the subpages of this LibGuide.