Supporting Doctoral Students


The Center for Teaching and Learning works with doctoral students to foster their development as successful teachers and future academic professionals. The approaches we explore are informed by teaching and learning research in doctoral students’ disciplines and across various intellectual domains.

The CTL can work with you in a number of ways — from an integrated program for Excellence in Teaching in Higher Education, or individual courses to consultations and classroom observations.

Individual Consultations and Other Activities

  • coaching and practice sessions for research presentations, lectures, job talks, and other public presentations
  • feedback on teaching assistant (TA) projects and other teaching activities
  • integrating online tools to support learning
  • video recording and analysis of classroom or small-group teaching
  • developing your teaching portfolio

Independent Study Program

Doctoral students who have completed the fall course, “Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education: Scholarship, Reflection, and Innovation,” have the opportunity to further their study of a specific topic covered in the course, or expand one of their projects. Please contact CTL faculty to discuss this possibility.

For doctoral students who would like to propose an independent tutorial in a specific discipline (teaching history in higher education, for example), please contact the director of the CTL to discuss a focus that interests you.

Electronic teaching portfolios

A teaching portfolio is a written repository of documents demonstrating a university teacher's strengths, skills, achievements and overall development as a scholar-teacher. Normally, teaching portfolios are very helpful in preparing your case for a job application (in particular, at the interview stage) or any kind of career progression requiring the demonstration of your teaching profile.

Portfolios are far more then an extension of a professional CV or a simple collection of course outlines and other documents. They are purposely written reflective documents allowing the audience to connect the pieces of evidence provided to a specific set of claims you make about your teaching.

We can start working with you on developing your teaching portfolio during your Teaching Assistantship. Normally you would be supported in your development by our short course dedicated to starting your teaching portfolio. Since we are using the new CEU e-Portfolio system, your portfolio will be stored electronically, can be developed over time, and can include also visual media and external material (such as relevant websites or videos) as well as the traditional documents associated with a written portfolio.

In our philosophy, your teaching portfolio will demonstrate

  • your academic scholarship and how you link that to your developing teaching approaches
  • your development of your teaching skills over time, supported by critical reflection
  • your actual teaching objects and products, designs and innovations that make a strong case for you as a teacher