Create Your Teaching Portfolio in 5 Steps

How to share your story, showcase your accomplishments, and prepare for the next step in your career.


Your thesis, dissertation, and scholarly articles show you can do research.

But, what do you have that shows you can teach?

A line on a CV or resume doesn't show anyone who you are as a teacher and how you help students learn.

That's why you need a teaching portfolio.

The process of creating your teaching portfolio doesn't have to be overwhelming or frustrating. I have developed a 5-step framework you can use to tell your story, showcase your accomplishments, and prepare for the next step in your career.

Whether you're applying for your first job, preparing for reappointment, or considering a change in careers, this online course will help you document your teaching experiences and demonstrate your effectiveness as a teacher and scholar.

Each part of the course includes specific, actionable strategies and recommendations you can use to start building your portfolio, writing your teaching philosophy, and organizing your materials.

This self-paced online course is divided into 3 parts:

PART 1: How to Determine What Type of Portfolio You Need:
There are 3 main types of portfolios. In module 1, you will examine the different formats and styles of portfolios so you will be able to choose the structure that works best for you and your goals.

PART 2: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Your Evidence
In module 2, you will explore the different types of evidence you need to include in your portfolio. You will create a plan for gathering, organizing, and presenting this evidence in a way that best tells your story and supports your purpose.

PART 3: How to Write Your Teaching Philosophy
The teaching philosophy is part of most applications for faculty positions. Search committees want to know who you are as a teacher, how you create a learning environment, and what goals you have for continuing your professional development in teaching. In module 3, you will use a rubric to guide you through this process and review example philosophies to help you write your own.


Creating your teaching portfolio doesn't have to be overwhelming.

Not sure where to begin?

I can help!

What’s included in this course?

This self-paced course includes 3 video modules. When you enroll, you will receive:

  • Instant access to 3 video modules (approx. 90 minutes total).
  • The Create Your Portfolio Workbook which is designed to help you take notes and organize your ideas.
  • Video reviews of 3 sample teaching philosophies.
  • Examples of teaching portfolios and philosophies from faculty members and graduate students.
  • Instant access to the private discussion forum to ask questions and share ideas.
  • Instant access to the presentation slides.
  • Lifetime access to all course materials (including content added in the future).

This course is for you if...

  • you are applying for academic jobs and you need a teaching philosophy and/or portfolio as part of your application materials.

  • you are preparing for reappointment and/or promotion and you need to organize your course materials and showcase your teaching experiences.

  • you already have a teaching portfolio but it needs to be updated and reorganized to highlight your teaching experience and achievements.

  • you are applying for a grant, certification, and/or award and you need to demonstrate your effectiveness as a scholar and educator.

  • you are considering a change in careers and you want to document your teaching experiences - what you've done, where you've been, and where you're headed next.

Need help organizing all of your materials? Use this 5-step process to create your teaching portfolio, write your teaching philosophy, and showcase your accomplishments in teaching.

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

1. Describe what a teaching portfolio is (and is not).
2. List reasons why a teaching portfolio is important.
3. Reflect on the different types of portfolios and consider which one you need at this point in your career.
4. Examine the 5 steps to create your teaching portfolio.
5. Think about how to organize the teaching portfolio as a scholarly research project.
6. Generate ideas for materials and evidence to include in your own portfolio.
7. Describe the difference between a teaching philosophy and a teaching statement.
8. Use a rubric to plan the different sections of your teaching philosophy.
9. Explain the importance of the teaching philosophy in the context of your teaching portfolio.
10. Generate ideas for your teaching philosophy (or teaching statement) and write your first draft.

Your Instructor

Barbi Honeycutt, Ph.D.
Barbi Honeycutt, Ph.D.
It’s challenging to come up with new, creative ways to engage your students. Every day, when you arrive (or log in) to your classroom, you are responsible for creating a space for students to learn from you and from each other.

It’s not an easy task! But, you can do it! I can help.

Hi, I’m Barbi, and I am here to help you design engaging lessons, teach with confidence, and connect with your students. I offer the structure, strategies, and support you need to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences.

Throughout the past 18 years, I have facilitated thousands of professional development events for educators throughout the world. The resources I provide are grounded in theory, informed by research, and designed for practical application.

Wherever you are in your journey, my goal is to support you in your pursuit of teaching excellence. When you are successful, your students will be successful. And that’s why I dedicate my energy to supporting you!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take me to complete this online course?
Approximately 2 hours. There are 3 videos (each 20-3o minutes) + bonus materials (videos, readings, worksheets, etc.)
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts when you enroll. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course materials?
You have access for the lifetime of the course, including any updated materials added in the future.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I want you to be satisfied with your purchase. However, if the course is not helping you meet your goals, you are eligible to receive a 100% money-back guarantee. Please refer to the Refund Policy page for details.
[For campus leaders] How can this course be used on my campus?
You can integrate this course into any of your professional development programs. The campus package includes lifetime access for any number of participants. Contact me to set up your campus account: [email protected]
What methods of payments are accepted?
All major credit cards are accepted. If your organization requires a purchase order or check to submit payment, send me an email and we'll start working on the process: [email protected]

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