Preparing the Dossier

The dossier must include a statement of the candidate’s teaching, research and service, as well as evidentiary material to support this statement. What follows is a list of items a candidate may include in their dossier. This list is not comprehensive, and there are some items that may be applicable to candidates in some units and not others. Candidates are encouraged to be in consistent communication with their dean/department chair about what items are necessary and relevant for inclusion in the dossier.

Required Documents

Curriculum Vitae

A current copy of the candidate’s curriculum vitae (CV) must be included. Please follow the practices listed below:

  • Be sure to distinguish between scholarship that is peer reviewed and that which is not peer reviewed by using separate headings.
  • Manuscripts in press may be noted under publications and clearly identified as such.
  • Work in progress should be listed separately after the listing of published and in-press works.

Statement of Research

The research statement should describe the Candidate’s research in ways someone outside of the Candidate’s field can understand, indicate the Candidate’s innovations/contributions to their discipline, and describe the significance of the Candidate’s research and why it is important. The research statement should provide context for the items included in the dossier (publications, grants, fellowships and awards, etc.).

The statement should also offer a clear and convincing plan of future research. For scholars whose research was adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, please explain the implications of the pandemic on their research and discuss any adjustments/modifications were made as a result.

Statement of Teaching

The teaching statement should describe the Candidate’s teaching philosophy, how their teaching facilitates student learning, innovative approaches and strategies deployed to enhance student learning, and a clear sense of the goals/outcomes they have for themselves and for their students. The teaching statement should also include a discussion of graduate and undergraduate mentoring, research lab supervision, an explication of their teaching evaluations, and an assessment on classes that have produced lower scores. Similar to the research statement, the teaching statement should offer reviewers a clear sense of future ideas or plans for course and/or curriculum development and pedagogical innovations. Candidates are also encouraged to discuss how they helped to support students, redesign their courses and/or adjusted their content in accordance with best practices for remote learning.

Statement of Service

The statement of service should describe service to the university (department, college, and university level), service to the discipline/professional community, as well as service to the broader community (if relevant). Candidates should detail the service contributions they’ve engaged in, the accomplishments and outcomes that have come from them, and the plans they have going forward. Candidates who have performed additional labor in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion for their unit and/or for the University should include these activities in their statement of service.

Supporting Documentation

  • Teaching Evaluations (Qualitative and Quantitative)
  • Annual Reviews Summaries (including mid-probationary review)
  • Teaching: Supporting Materials (sample syllabi, evidence of exemplary teaching – awards, honors, etc.)
  • Classroom Peer Observations – (if applicable)
  • Research/Scholarship/Creative Activity: Supporting Materials (books, articles, etc.)
  • Service and Professional Development Activities: Supporting Materials
  • Leave of absence/special appointment letters