This portfolio includes the following:
- Current curriculum vitae
- Self-assessment statement
- Statement of teaching strategies, goals, philosophy, and accomplishments
- Written description of class visitation by the Composition Coordinator
- Statistical scanning sheets for undergraduate student evaluation of courses
(and, as an option, any written student remarks)
- Evidence of participation in scholarly, creative, and/or service activities
(such as conferences, presentations/readings, publications, community
Students may also submit comments pertinent to their academic performance.
The Composition Coordinator and Graduate Director (and any other supervisors or mentors to whom the assistant may be assigned) submit letters of evaluation. In addition to verifying that the assistant has maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrated sufficient progress to retain the assistantship position, these evaluations examine the GA portfolio materials for general evidence of the knowledge and skills [see 1-5 under "objectives" above] and of the values [see a-d under "objectives" above] included in the program objectives.
Evaluators comment specifically on:
The extent to which the current curriculum vita shows the ability to communicate clearly and objectively and presents the M.A. student as a professional in an accurate and persuasive manner;
The extent to which the self-assessment statement portrays a student with a commitment to life-long learning and an ability to connect academic and ethical concerns, and presents an individual of integrity, curious about the world and seeking to play a role in intellectual and community forums
The extent to which the statement of teaching strategy, goals, philosophy, and accomplishments incorporates the student's literary knowledge, critical ability, and acquaintance with appropriate rhetorical, research, and critical practice and terminology; shows creative assignments and an engaging and nurturing pedagogy; embodies accurate understanding of the courses taught and their place in the curriculum; and reveals accomplishments borne out in the written description of class visitation by the Composition Coordinator
The extent to which the statistical scanning sheets for student evaluation of courses (and, as an option, any written student remarks) and the statement of teaching strategy, goals, philosophy, and accomplishments indicate that the M.A. student teacher's and the undergraduate students' perceptions of the classroom experience are similar;
The extent to which evidence of participation in scholarly, creative, and/or service activities (such as conferences, presentations/readings, publications, community service) portray an active engagement in the profession and verify a willingness to contribute to the profession, the literature of the field, and the greater public.