Academic Portfolio Institute
Academic Portfolio Institutes provide faculty opportunities to create a professional, reflective portfolio that integrates faculty accomplishments in teaching, research/scholarship, and service/leadership into a single document.
Portfolio Institutes are four-day intensive experiences in which participating faculty are paired with a trained mentor who provides one-on-one support, guidance, and feedback in drafting the portfolio and selecting evidence. The resulting document is typically 15-20 pages plus appendices. This comprehensive portfolio combines thoughtful reflection on faculty performance and effectiveness with hard evidence of accomplishment and development.
Specifically, Academic Portfolio Institutes are designed to help faculty make progress toward the following:
- Engage in evidence-based reflection about their faculty roles;
- Identify career milestones;
- Enhance and support their career development plans; and
- Develop and foster productive mentoring relationships.
The portfolio process is based on the widely recognized model developed by Peter Seldin and Beth Miller (2009) in The Academic Portfolio (Jossey-Bass). A team of mentors, initially including Seldin, Miller, and Douglas Harrison, who has been part of the Seldin-Miller consulting team since 2010, anchors each Portfolio Institute at JMU. Each Institute includes a workshop for participants on best practices in faculty mentoring.
Selection of participants for the Academic Portfolio Institute to be held during May Symposium will begin in February 2014.