Statements of Teaching Philosophy (CTE2196)

Monday, July 1, 2024 8:30 am - Monday, July 29, 2024 11:59 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)
Location: Online (LEARN)
Facilitator: Monika Soczewinski (CTE)

Workshop description

Please note this module is considered an advanced offering. Hence, it is intended for participants who have TA'd a few times or taught a course. 

Since most job candidates are asked to provide a "teaching statement" or a "statement of teaching philosophy" when applying for academic positions, it’s essential to understand what makes these documents effective. In this module, we’ll walk through the components of successful teaching statements and use reflection activities to help you brainstorm ideas for communicating your own teaching philosophy to hiring committees.

Time Commitment

Approximately 4-5 hours.

Module delivery

Structured Format: Please note that while this module is a self-paced, asynchronous offering, it will follow a structured schedule consisting of two deliverables: completion of the asynchronous module and draft of a statement of teaching philosophy (first two weeks of the month) and participation in peer review to give and receive feedback on the draft statements (second two weeks of the month). The content and expected effort are approximately equivalent to 4-5 hours, but spread over a longer timeframe so you can move at your own pace.

This online module may be started on July 1 and consists of:

  • a set of asynchronous, self-paced tasks in LEARN, that must be completed by the due date of Sunday, July 14 by 11:59 p.m. 
  • an asynchronous peer-review process in LEARN, that must be completed by the due date of Monday, July 29 by 11:59 p.m.


  • Registration required (if this is your first time using GoSignMeUp, you will need to set up your account first)

  • Participants will receive an attendance credit towards the Fundamentals program if they complete all of the required tasks in the module, including all the module activities.
  • Participants who do not complete all module activities by the due date will have their registration in the workshop cancelled, and will need to register again the following month.

Accessing the online module

The Fundamentals online module is located in the Fundamentals of University Teaching course in LEARN.

If you do not yet have access to the course, you will need to self-register for it. Please follow the directions on the Fundamentals self-registration webpage to add the course to your LEARN course list.

Please contact if you experience any issues accessing this course after following the above instructions.


This workshop has limited enrolment spots and often has a waiting list. If you have registered but can't complete the module, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying, or working at Waterloo. CTE’s online workshops are delivered through either WebEx, Microsoft Teams, or Bongo with the audio component available either as captioning or a transcript. CTE’s face-to-face workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, and note-takers. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining workshop content in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for our programming, please let us know by emailing Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.