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Teaching Statements

faculty members discussing teaching practicesThe guidelines for evaluation of teaching at KU include prompts for reflecting on your teaching. Specifically, the guidelines state: “Describe the topics you teach and give one or two examples of the intellectual goals you have for students. How do you help students achieve course goals? How do you know that students are achieving these goals? How have your teaching experiences shaped your ongoing goals and practices as a teacher?”

Your answers to these questions will form the basis of the self-reflection portion of your teaching representation.

You can see that this set of questions asks about the kind of consideration of your teaching that’s been highlighted in this website. If you’ve been taking time each semester (half a day) to think back on a course, you’ll have this part already done. It’s most important to show the growth of a course, rather than document every aspect of every course. By capturing the essence of how a course has changed over multiple offerings, you provide your colleagues with a good representation of your thinking, planning and growing as a teacher.

For an example of this kind of writing, please see this sample teaching statement (pdf).


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