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Writing a teaching philosophy


In higher education settings, a statement of teaching philosophy is typically a one to two page narrative introduction to a teaching portfolio. In it, you explain your approach to college teaching with reference to your understanding of student learning theory, summarize systematic initiatives you have made over time to improve your teaching and your students' learning, and reflect upon ongoing areas of investigation. However, the teaching philosophy may also stand alone as a print or Web document in which you introduce yourself to students and/or peers who would benefit from a better understanding of what you take to be your teaching responsibilities and how you attempt to fulfill them in the context of your discipline and institution.


To help you get started, here are few examples of teaching philosophies from other faculty and graduate instructors:


Arts and ArchitectureArts and Architecture

  • Timothy Johnson, 2011 Eisenhower Teaching Award Recipient and Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching

CommunicationsCommunications

  • Robert Richards, 2011 Teaching Fellow Award Recipient and Distinguished Professor, Journalism, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching

EducationEducation

  • Andria Andiliou, PhD Candidate, Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education, and 2010-11 Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Graduate Consultant, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching

EngineeringEngineering

  • M. Kevin Parfitt, 2011 Teaching Fellow Award Recipient and Associate Professor, Architectural Engineering, University Park

Health and Human DevelopmentHealth and Human Development

  • Sherry Corneal, 2011 Atherton Teaching Award Recipient and Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching

HumanitiesHumanities

  • Beate Brunow, PhD Candidate, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, and 2010-11 Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Graduate Consultant, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Robert Burkholder, 2011 Atherton Teaching Award Recipient and Associate Professor, English, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Maria A. Franco de Gomez, 2011 Atherton Teaching Award Recipient and Instructor, Spanish, New Kensington—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Erin Murphy, 2011 Teaching Fellow Award Recipient and Associate Professor, English, Altoona—Philosophy of Teaching
  • G. Dirk Mateer, 2011 Atherton Teaching Award Recipient and Senior Lecturer, Economics, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching

Natural and Physical SciencesNatural and Physical Sciences

  • Richard Brazier, 2011 Atherton Teaching Award Recipient and Associate Professor, Math, Geology, DuBois—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Kamini Singha, 2011 Atherton Teaching Award Recipient and Assistant Professor, Geosciences, University Park—Philosophy of Teaching
  • Artur Tsobanjan, PhD, '11g, physics, Eberly College of Science—Philosophy of Teaching

Social SciencesSocial Sciences

  • Dawn Blasko, 2011 Eisenhower Teaching Award Recipient and Associate Professor, Psychology, Erie-Behrend—Philosophy of Teaching


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