Dear Graduate Teaching Assistants,
If you are teaching a class for our department this year (Spring 2009,
Summer 2009, or Fall 2009), we will ask you to complete a teaching
portfolio at the end of the year. This e-mail is to give you advanced
notice, so that you know to save a copy of your class materials.
Tentative directions are given below. Note that these may change before
we officially ask for the portfolios in January.
CSc Teaching Portfolio
Graduate students in the Computer Science department are expected to
submit an annual teaching portfolio, that documents the class(es) that
they taught. Full-time faculty are also required to do this every year.
The teaching portfolio should include the following items.
1. * a cover letter,
2. relevant teaching materials
* slides presented in class (preferably in handout form
with at least 6 slides per page),
* all tests and quizzes,
* all homeworks,
a copy of your class website (if you have one),
handouts given to the class (for example, a list of
articles handed out in class (such as a photocopy of a
* grade distribution information (how many students
received A grades, how many received B grades, etc.),
* student evaluations, including all written responses
(positive and negative),
* name of faculty teaching mentor (Professor Sunderraman
being the default mentor).
Items with a * must be included.
This will be due every January, for the previous calendar year.
Do not include materials beyond the previous calendar year's 3 semesters
(Spring, Summer, and Fall).
You can put these materials in a binder (preferred) or on a CD-ROM.
The cover letter allows you to walk the reviewers through your
materials, and point out your accomplishments. It should be short
(preferably 1 page but no more than 2 pages). Please explain the
significance of the materials that you include and make it clear what
you contributed. For example, if you include a test, did you create all
of the questions yourself, or did some come from previous exams or the
textbook? For power-point slides, did you make them, copy them from an
instructor's CD-ROM, or get them from another instructor? You may have
obtained slides from another source, then spent time updating and adding
to the slides. But if you only include the slides, we have no way of
knowing how much effort you put in.
Team-work is encouraged for instructors. For example, you should meet
regularly with other instructors who teach a different section of the
same course in the semester that you teach it.
Dr. Michael Weeks Web-page: http://www.cs.gsu.edu/~cscmcw
Department of Computer Science 34 Peachtree, Suite 1450
Georgia State University Atlanta, GA 30303