Advancement and teaching dossiers

Resources and information for Unit 3 members interested in applying for advancement to the rank of Sessional Lecturer 2, Sessional Lecturer 3 and Writing Instructor 2.

Advancement for Unit 3 members requires that you submit a Teaching Dossier or Portfolio. You can find details on the advancement process in the Unit 3 Collective Agreement, found HERE, and a summary in our in-house guide found HERE.

There is a huge variety of opinion on what teaching dossiers can and should contain. There is consensus, however, that they should reflect your unique experiences and history as a teacher. On this page, we’ve tried to capture the best advice out there on how to create a useful and impactful dossier to include with your CV for advancement at UofT.

CUPE 3902 has created a ‘Ten Tips’ guide to summarize best and common practices and expectations, which can be found HERE.

The University of Toronto has prepared a workbook for instructors to guide them in preparing a dossier:

The University of Toronto has also prepared information on teaching philosophy statements:

The Canadian Association of University Teachers also has some good advice on including teaching in your CV and as a separate submission:

Finally, if you search ‘teaching dossier’ or ‘teaching portfolio’ online, you’ll find that nearly every post-secondary institution has online guides and tips if you need more guidance.