Developing a Teaching Portfolio

The department encourages all instructors to maintain an up-to-date teaching portfolio. For graduate students teaching assistants, these portfolios will be a key piece of their job application materials when they enter the market. For all English instructors at WSU, teaching portfolios are a requirement for nomination for teaching awards and other recognition by the College and University. The following resources on creating teaching portfolio are all available on permanent reserve in the Purdy/Kresge Library.

Burke, Kay. Designing Professional Portfolios for Change. Palatine, Illinois: IRI/SkyLight Training & Publishing, 1997.
This book contains a variety of models for creating a professional portfolio for educators.

Burke, Kay, ed. Professional Portfolios. Palatine, Illinois: IRI/SkyLight Training & Publishing, 1996.
This is collection of articles that focus on the use of portfolios for preservice teachers, professional development, and performance evaluation.

Campbell, Cignetti, Melenyzer, Nettles & Wyman. How to Develop a Professional Portfolio: A Manual for Teachers. California University of Pennsylvania, 1997.
This little book is a “must have” for student teachers. It covers the specifics of developing a teaching portfolio that demonstrates achievement of the INTASC standards.

Campbell, Melenyzer, Nettles & Wyman. Portfolio and Performance Assessment in Teacher Education. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 2000.
Following up on their previous book, the authors have created a guide for teacher educators on how to implement a portfolio and performance assessment system in a preservice teacher education program.  Chapter titles include: Gaining and Communicating a Vision; Guidelines for Portfolio Development; Ensuring Quality in Student Learning Through Performance Assessments and Rubrics; Supporting Students as They Document Their Learning; Assessing Program Quality; Learning as We Go: Continuing the Work of Program Self-Evaluation.  Also included in the Appendices are: Artifacts Checklist, Artifacts Possibilities; Rubrics to Use in a Portfolio Checkpoint System; Self-Assessment Sorting Exercise for Determining Values in Teaching; Transcript of a Sample Junior Checkpoint Conference.

Glatthorn, Allan. The Teacher’s Portfolio: Fostering and Documenting Professional Development. Rockport, MA: Pro>Active Publications, 1996.
“This book is intended for teachers, supervisors, and administrators. It focuses on how to foster teachers’ professional growth and use the portfolio to document that growth. The two processes are closely intertwined: growth without documentation remains too private; documentation without growth is too trivial.” (p.vii)

Hartnell-Young, Elizabeth and Morriss, Maureen. Digital Professional Portfolios for Change. Arlington Heights: Skylight Professional Development, 1999.
The first book that addresses a model of putting multimedia professional portfolios on the World Wide Web. Covers strategies developed by Women @ the Cutting Edge in Australia.

Hume, Kathryn. Surviving Your Academic Job Hunt: Advice for Humanities PhDs. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
This primer covers how to present your teaching experience when on the job market and includes multiple examples of teaching portfolios from English PhDs.

Lyons, Nona, ed. With Portfolio in Hand: Validating the New Teacher Professionalism. New York: Teachers College Press, 1998.
A very comprehensive guide to teaching portfolios, with articles by Lee Shulman, Dennie Wolf, Larry Cuban, and many others.

Martin, Debra Bayles. The Portfolio Planner – Making Professional Portfolios Work for You. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Merrill, 1999.
This little book comes from a variety of helpful Merrill textbooks in Teacher Education. It answers a variety of questions students have in developing portfolios and includes planning guides for creating professional portfolios for several different audiences.

Semenza, Gregory M. Colon. Graduate Study for the Twenty-First Century: How to Build an Academic Career in the Humanities. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
This general guide to professional life as a graduate student includes a chapter on teaching and examples of teaching portfolios based on graduate student teaching experience.

Seldin, Peter. The Teaching Portfolio. Bolton: Anker Publishing, 1997.
This book is considered the “bible” for higher education faculty preparing a portfolio for tenure and promotion.

Yancey, Kathleen Blake, and Irwin Weiser, eds. Situating Portfolios: Four Perspectives. Logan: Utah State University Press, 1997.
A great compendium of articles focusing on theory and power (primarily in writing portfolios), pedagogy, teaching and professional development, and technology. This book is “both reflective and forward-looking, practice-oriented but well-grounded in theory.”



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