Writing Your Teaching Philosophy Statement for Graduate Students

Friday, February 24, 2023
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM


This workshop is a webinar ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.


To attend the webinar, log-in as a guest at https://us.bbcollab.com/guest/fc338007de9646ce9bd3f185d67a42c5. This is a Blackboard Collaborate Session.


The webinar starts at 11:45 a.m. and we kindly request participants to enter the webinar at least 15 minutes prior to the start time and no later than 11:50 a.m. 


A teaching philosophy statement provides a concise description of an instructor’s teaching approach, methods, and experience. Colleges and universities request a teaching philosophy statement from applicants for faculty positions, and some higher education institutions require one as part of the tenure and promotion consideration process.

What is your teaching philosophy? How do you write one, and what should you include? What if you have limited teaching experience? This workshop will help you articulate your teaching philosophy in a concise, effective essay. We will discuss the statement’s purpose, different aspects of your teaching experiences that can be included, and best practices and strategies for composing the statement. This is a working webinar, requiring that you do some reflective writing in advance of the workshop, so that the workshop can include analysis of your brainstorming, group discussion, and feedback. Participants will leave with an outline of their statement, written components, and guidance to continue crafting it.



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Michelle L. Hardee
Program Manager, Graduate TA Training
Center for Teaching Excellence

Michelle L. Hardee is the program manager for graduate student teaching assistant training and professional development in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She received her Ph.D. in marine science from the University of South Carolina and a master's from Grice Marine Laboratory at the College of Charleston. Throughout her 19-year teaching career, Hardee has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training. She taught throughout her graduate program, as an instructor at Coastal Carolina University and as an adjunct professor of geology at the College of Charleston and is currently an instructor in the Marine Science Program at UofSC. She is a staunch advocate of all graduate students and of the critical need that GTAs develop pedagogical knowledge and professional skills for any future career pathway.