Questions tagged [teaching-statement]

Also known as a "teaching philosophy", a "teaching statement" is commonly required as part of an application for a faculty position. Questions with this tag ask about crafting a teaching statement and/or how these statements are used in hiring decisions.

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Can I use bullets and sections in a teaching statement? [closed]

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 ...
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How can I get an academic post after recently finishing my doctorate research? [closed]

I have a career question. I recently finished my DBA degree (Doctor of Business Administration) and I am applying for academic posts however, my applications keep being unsuccessful. I am aware that I ...
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Are teaching and learning philosophy/philosophies written separately?

I am applying for faculty position in some school and among the documents needed, they asked for "Teaching, Learning and research philosophy.", this my first time to hear about learning ...
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On the "pedagogical practices, observations, and advances" in an academic job application?

As a part the required statement of teaching associated with an academic job application, I need to explain my "pedagogical practices, observations, and advances". I searched a bit and ...
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Is it a good idea to provide course detail in teaching statement?

I am applying for Assistant Professor position at a technical university which requires teaching and research statements as a part of application. In my teaching statement, I have suggested two ...
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It is alright to include students' first names in a teaching statement?

Is it alright to include students' first names in a teaching statement, or would this come off as weird and too personal? Or a privacy concern? You often hear the advice to include specific stories ...
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Sample syllabi for job application

I'm applying for faculty jobs and was considering including sample syllabi for courses I could develop (which are currently not offered at the target institution). My idea was to include them as an ...
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How to format a teaching statement?

I have already written a teaching statement for a faculty position as assistant professor. I have three questions: What is the right tense of teaching statement? (present tense or future) Must I ...
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How long are "brief statements of research and teaching interests"?

I'm applying for a computer science tenure-track assistant-professor position in the U.S. Some job announcements ask for brief statements of research and teaching interests. How long is this "brief" ...
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Using endnotes in a teaching statement

I've been working on my teaching statement recently (for the mathematical sciences, but it shouldn't matter). I'd really like to keep the main body to one page, because I personally wouldn't want to ...
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Is it useful to add excerpts from teaching evaluations in a teaching statement?

Is it useful to add excerpts from teaching evaluations in a teaching statement included in a faculty application? A fair amount of teaching statements seem to contain some, but since excerpts are ...
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Can anonymized teaching evaluations be made public in the United States? [duplicate]

Can anonymized teaching evaluations be made (legally) publicly available by the teacher who received them in the United States? For example, I have seen a fair amount of teaching statement containing ...
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Applying for assistant professor position with limited teaching experience

I am applying for an assistant professor position at a research university (in one of the hard sciences). It is stated in the announcement that some teaching will be required, and a teaching statement ...
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Teaching statement: should I say something about Master's theses supervision?

I have a quick question. Is it usual to include a few lines on undergraduate/master theses supervision in a teaching statement? I see it as not really teaching in the traditional meaning of the word, ...
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Applying for assistant professor position, teaching statement required but I have no teaching experience

I'm going to apply for an assistant professor position in a European university's campus in China. The problem is that I do not have any formal, class-based teaching experience while the job ...
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What is the difference between a Teaching Philosophy and a Teaching Statement?

Context: I am a PhD student in mathematics currently applying for tenure-track positions at small colleges throughout the US. In general, most openings I've seen are asking for what they've termed a "...
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Is there an Advantage to have a Teaching Statement with References

I will be on the job market, again, next year. I am looking for a position that emphasizes teaching. I wrote a new teaching statement each year for the past two years since I just graduated with my ...
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Should the length of a research statement and a teaching statement be the same?

I am applying to a faculty position that emphasizes both research and undergraduate teaching. The application asks for a research statement and a teaching statement.I realize that both documents are ...
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How long should a cover letter be when asked to include statements of teaching philosophy and research interests?

I am a PhD graduate applying for teaching (assistant professor) positions at smaller liberal arts colleges. I understand that generally cover letters should not exceed 1 page, especially when applying ...
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Should I talk about service in my job application?

I am a mathematician on the job market this year and am wondering if I should talk at all about service and other aspects of who I am other than my teaching and research. So for example, committees I'...
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What is a letter of teaching philosophy? [duplicate]

I am currently looking for jobs (lecturer in Mathematics) and I have been asked to include a "letter of teaching philosophy". Could any of you please explain what this is or point me to a reference? I ...
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How to deal with poor teaching evaluations on academic job market?

I will enter the academic job market after having received poor teaching evaluations for my first and only independently taught class. Some of the criticisms were well founded, and I am trying my best ...
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Some specifics about research and teaching statements

Thanks to Internet and this site, in particular, I have a pretty good overall idea about contents and style, expected from research and teaching statements. As a potential postdoc or junior faculty ...
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How to write teaching philosophy and research statement?

I am applying for faculty positions in the US. Almost all of them require teaching philosophy and research statements. I have read some examples, but still do not understand what should I write. ...
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What are the pros and cons of including graphics/figures in teaching and research statements for academic job applications?

I was wondering what the prevailing opinion in the community is, with regards to the pros and cons of using images or graphics in teaching and research statements for academic job applications. I ...
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Should a teaching statement be posted publicly on the web?

I noticed that some professors and instructors have their teaching statement available on their webpages, and others don't. I thought teaching statements were used mainly for applying for jobs, so ...
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Is there an advantage in including quotes from teaching evaluations in a teaching statement?

For context, I am a mathematics PhD student, and I am writing up my teaching statement. In looking up examples of teaching statements, I saw that one of them included quotes from students from ...
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How much can/should quotes from student evaluations be edited when preparing a teaching statement?

I'm writing a teaching statement and want to include quotes from student evaluations. How much can/should I edit these (for grammar)?
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What is the appropriate length and specificity for a teaching statement?

A colleague and friend has been approached by another institution (a state university in the U.S.) seeking to fill a position. My friend, who is putting a package together, has asked me to review his ...
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Which topics should be covered in a teaching statement?

In mathematics, submitting a teaching statement (also called teaching philosophy or similar names) is part of the application package for any teaching jobs (and most research jobs). I suspect it is a ...
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