My question is: Can you write your teaching statement so that it is divided into parts with bullet items and sections (without writing paragraphs and lots of texts).

Here is an example of a teaching statement:

                                Teaching Statement

                                      Dr. XY
                                  May 12th, 2021

Teaching Pedagogy

My pedagogy in teaching is as follows:

  • I opt for a student-centric approach
  • I use interactive presentation
  • ...

Teaching Methodology

My methodology in teaching is as follows:

  • Prepare for each lecture;
  • Define clearly the objective of each lecture;
  • ...

Teaching Experience

During my past experience, I taught several classes, including:

  • CLASS1: ...
  • CLASS2: ...
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    Sure you can. This is a good idea! Do it! May 6, 2022 at 16:31
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    I would hate it if I was on the search committee, because I want to see narrative explaining why you teach the way you do, specifically tying your practice to your philosophy. Others might like it. May 6, 2022 at 16:54
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    My own teaching statement is bulleted, but each bullet is a short paragraph. As a member of a search committee, I would rather see more details about some specific things that you do than a long list of very vague things. May 6, 2022 at 17:05
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    On further thought, I'm voting to close as 'opinion-based' - there are no answers other than the opinions of potential search committee members (who have reasons for their preferences), which will vary wildly. May 6, 2022 at 17:12
  • I would expect they would want to see some actual meat on those bullet points.
    – Jon Custer
    May 6, 2022 at 18:43

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You are asking the wrong question. The right question is "How do I best convey the information I want to present?". If bullet points is the best way to do so, then Yes! you should be using those, regardless of whether this is for a teaching statement, a research paper, a grant application, or a newspaper article. On the other hand, if bullet points are not the best way to do this, then you shouldn't be using them wherever it is that you are tempted to do so.

How you typeset things should not be dictated by some abstract rules that are defined and kept my some monks in a monastery at the top of a mountain surrounded by a desert. Instead, how you explain things should be dictated by what is the best way for you to explain things to your audience.

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