The Educator’s Portfolio : Sample Portfolios

Sample Portfolios

As you read these portfolios keep in mind the following points:

  • Each faculty member will have a unique portfolio reflecting her or his unique contributions to education. The nine categories serve as a menu only. A candidate with educational contributions in 8 out of the 9 categories does not necessarily have a stronger case than someone with contributions in 4 out of the 9 categories.

  • Unlike the CV, The typical portfolio is organized into projects rather than types of output. For example, if you are the director of a longitudinal theme, you would be advised to create a section corresponding to your longitudinal theme program. This section would begin with a brief description of the highlights of your program followed by supporting evidence that would include evaluations, peer reviews, outcomes, even publications. You might choose to flag this section with a tab if your portfolio is organized in a binder or create a separate electronic “page” if your Portfolio is on-line. In contrast, in your CV, all of these materials would be in separate sections. Think of the CV as a compilation of lists. Think of the Portfolio as a compilation of stories.
  • The brief summary that begins each section is of roughly a page in length. Supportive material is relegated to appendices. Thus, the portfolio itself, stripped of its appendices, is usually only six to eight pages long. A faculty member who spends most of her or his time at research may submit a portfolio of only two or three pages while career educators may require ten pages). A promotion and tenure committee member could read your educator’s portfolio in a few minutes. If she or he wanted to, they could jump to the appendix to verify a claim or obtain more details.

Click on the names below to download a PDF file of sample portfolios from UMMSM staff.

Dr. Phillip Pennell, M.D., Educator’s Portfolio and Creative Professional Activities Portfolio
[Dr. Pennell submitted this portfolio as part of his application for promotion to Professor of Medicine on the Clinical Educator track. At the time he was Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at UMMSM and Medical Director, Gambro Healthcare Miami, which is the outpatient dialysis center for the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.]

Dr. Daniel Lichstein, M.D. FACP, Educator’s Portfolio
[Dr. Lichtstein submitted this portfolio as part of his application for promotion to Professor of Medicine on the Clinical Educator track. At the time, he was Associate Professor of Medicine and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Training Program for the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.]

Dr. Alex J. Mechaber, M.D., FACP, Educator’s Portfolio
[Dr. Mechaber submitted this portfolio in support of his application for promotion to Associate Professor on the Clinical Educator track. At the time, he was the director of the Clinical Skills Program, the Associate Director of the Primary Care Clerkship and an Assistant Professor of Medicine.]

Dr. Joyce Slingerland, M.D., Ph.D, Teaching Dossier
[Dr. Slingerland’s Educator’s Portfolio was submitted in support of her application for promotion to Professor while she held a position at the University of Toronto. Her role both at U. of Toronto and at the UMMSM is mainly research. Dr. Slingerland is currently the Director of the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester. Other researchers who do little conventional teaching might find this portfolio interesting.]

Dr. Rose Maria van Zuilen, Ph.D., Educator’s Portfolio
[Dr. van Zuilen submitted this portfolio in support of her application for promotion to Associate Professor on the Educator track in 2013. At the time, she was the director of the Geriatric Medicine Clerkship and Co-Director of the Longitudinal Curriculum in Geriatrics, Pain Management, and Palliative Care. Dr. van Zuilen’s primary role was education.]