Struggling to compose a Statement of Teaching Philosophy?  You can get help with this tricky genre that many colleges and universities request as part of the job application process.

This essay is your first opportunity to display what you do in the classroom, how you approach teaching in your discipline, and how you engage learners. The CCT offers half-hour appointments that allow you to receive feedback on a draft you have produced, answer questions you have about what to include, or simply get a clearer understanding of how to represent your current teaching on paper.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Associate Directors Joe Lampert or Kiki Zissimopoulos, please click here. Directions to the CCT are available here.

Please come to the meeting having read O'Neal, Meizlish and Kaplan's "Writing a Statement of Teaching Philosophy for the Academic Job Search" and the rubric for statements of teaching philosophy (downloadable in the right hand sidebar) and with a draft of your teaching statement.

The Chicago Center for Teaching also offers the following types of consultation appointments for graduate students and postdocs who would like individual feedback on teaching related documents: teaching portfolio consultations, course design/syllabus consultations, and teaching position/fellowship cover letter consultations. You can sign up for these appointments by logging into the GRAD Gargoyle here. Please read the details below to ensure that you have the necessary information and any required materials prepared in advance. [Note: If you are looking to schedule a classroom observation, visit our Individual Teaching Consultation page.]

Required materials

• For a Teaching Portfolio Consultation: Please upload draft documents 24 hours prior to your appointment. We strongly recommend you attend the Seminar and Workshop on Teaching Portfolios before scheduling a consultation.

• For a Course Design/Syllabus Consultation: Please upload a draft syllabus 24 hours prior to your appointment.

• For a Teaching Position/Fellowship Cover Letter Consultation: Please upload a draft cover letter 24 hours prior to your appointment. We strongly recommend that you meet with a Career Counselor in UChicagoGRAD before this meeting.

General Teaching Advice

We also offer consultations on general teaching advice or for more information about the CCT and its programs.

Meeting locations

Consultations with Joseph Lampert (josephlampert@uchicago.edu) will take place in Gates-Blake 132.

Consultations with Kiki Zissimopoulos (zissimopoulos@uchicago.edu) will take place in Wieboldt Hall 316.

Directions to all of these locations are available here.

If you must cancel your appointment, please email the person you are scheduled to meet with as soon as possible.