ERIC Number: ED405759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Successful Faculty Development and Evaluation: The Complete Teaching Portfolio. ERIC Digest.
Murray, John P.
This digest discusses the use of teaching portfolios in higher education, in light of recent criticisms of faculty teaching productivity and the reward structure of universities. Teaching portfolios can be defined as vehicles for documenting teaching (with an emphasis on demonstrating excellence), empowering professors to gain dominion over their professional lives, providing institutions with the means to demonstrate that teaching is an institutional priority, and individualizing faculty development. Teaching portfolios can serve as a critical first step to recognizing and rewarding good teaching at universities that typically value and reward research more highly. Most portfolios incorporate a statement of the professors' philosophical beliefs, with much of the remainder detailing how professors put their beliefs into practice in and out of the classroom. If improvement of teaching is the ultimate goal of a portfolio, most faculty will want to learn how to assess the effectiveness of their teaching and students' learning. Department chairs and other administrators should also take great pains to publicly connect the outcomes of faculty evaluation to the reward system. (MDM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, College Faculty, College Instruction, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Development, Faculty Evaluation, Higher Education, Instructional Improvement, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Universities
ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 10036-1183 ($1).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. Graduate School of Education and Human Development.