On writing a teaching statement

Fri Aug 20 09:57:06 2021


The teaching statement is a one-page document describing the ideas and methodologies that you use to teach. Depending on the school you are applying, the teaching statement can play an important role in the search committee's decision. Specific examples throughout the statement are essential.

Overall, the teaching statement should describe teaching techniques that you used and how this enhanced students' skills and abilities (see {salient practices}), techniques to reach a diverse student body, examples of teaching a range of different courses from large lectures to one-on-one interactions, and how (you plan) to integrate research into your courses and engage students in this work.

Based on these expectations, {the UC Berkeley Career Center} suggests to address the following issues:

Further, if possible, they suggest to include the following information:

The BURET workshop

The BURET workshop lets the participants prepare an elevator pitch for the teaching statement, including strategies that you have found effective for reaching students with specific examples to support your points.

The BURET workshop further lists the following techniques that can be brought up in a teaching statement:

Writing across the curriculum

Never write about something you just learned this week. Always write about something you knew last week at the latest. — T. Basbøll, {Rule #2}

Writing across the curriculum is a teaching technique that emerged during the 1970s and 1980s. It states that writing is a fundamental academic responsibility that furthers the understanding and learning of those practicing it. Thus, writing (i) must be integrated across departments, (ii) must be continued throughout the undergraduate education.