On June 10, 2019, the Senate approved the recommendation of the Senate Committee on Teaching and Teaching Evaluation to adopt the teaching dossier as a tool for the formal assessment of teaching.
A teaching dossier is an evolving “summary of an academic's major teaching accomplishments and strengths. It is to an academic's teaching what lists of publications, grants, and academic honours are to research.”
(CAUT The Teaching Dossier, PDF, 360KB, 2018, p. 2).
A teaching dossier is:
- A document that is prepared by the instructor, unlike the traditional teaching evaluation questionnaires designed by committees, administrators or governmental agencies.
- A tool used by the institution to evaluate a professor's overall teaching performance, but also a self-evaluation tool to help professors reflect regularly on their teaching and thereby constantly improve their instructional practices.
- It is a selective document: professors choose the information and materials they want to include that best represent their performance and progress.
The teaching dossier include these three compulsory documents:
- a statement of the professor’s teaching philosophy
- the A-reports
- a brief reflection on the results of these reports and the actions planned to enrich their teaching.
The Teaching and Learning Support Service (TLSS) provides training and resources to help faculty members write their teaching philosophy and build their teaching dossier. Resources for the evaluation of these dossiers are also available to the members of the Faculty committees and the Joint Committee of the Senate.