Teaching Statement

Teaching Statement

This should also be about 2 pages in length. The statement should consist of:

Opening Paragraph

State how important excellence in education is to you, and how important it is to the future of your profession. Emphasize your desire to be a good teacher.

Main Body

The main body of the statement should be about 2-3 paragraphs long. Provide an initial paragraph that specifically states your teaching experience. Give some information about your pedagogical approaches. Emphasize any successes you have had. Mention any curriculum development activities that you have been involved in. Follow with a paragraph that summarizes how you will develop your educational program at the institute in question. Mention specific courses that exist and which you can teach. Mention any new courses you would like to develop. Discuss teaching strategies that you would use (hands-on-learning, problem-based learning, etc) and highlight they would improve undergraduate and graduate education in the area you are applying to.

Research and Teaching

If you can, finish with a paragraph that identifies ways to tie your research into teaching. Emphasize the importance of bringing your research into the classroom and providing students with research opportunities. If you can identify specific educational initiatives at the institute where you are applying, state your willingness to contribute to these initiatives.