Academic portfolio

The academic portfolio can be used to assess academic competence. The portfolio is a way to record and document one's core competence and to cover aspects of academic work (research, teaching, societal interaction and administration) as a whole. The aim is to create an organised documentation of one’s professional skills and strengths and to give a concise portrayal of one’s professional growth. Portfolios are created for a variety of purposes, which influence their contents; when applying for a university post the academic competence should be presented in the light of the task in question.

An example of the structure of an academic portfolio:

1. Basic information

  • Personal and contact information
  • Education and degrees
  • Other necessary background information.

2. Research and scientific activities

  • Experience in research and other scientific activities
  • Research philosophy and ethics, primary fields of research
  • Significant publications
  • Research assessments and awards
  • Activities in the academic community
  • Visions and personal development plans
  • Other scientific merits.

3. Teaching and supervision

  • Experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision
  • Pedagogical approach and training
  • Published study materials and use of educational technology
  • Development of teaching and awards for teaching
  • Participation in the assessment and development of teaching
  • Strengths, development challenges and visions of one's teaching
  • Other teaching-related qualifications.

4. Administration and other activities

  • Administrative and management duties
  • Duties in one's field outside the University
  • Active role in society and positions of trust
  • Publications, presentations and dissemination of scientific knowledge through other means
  • Other significant merits and duties.

The recommended length for an academic portfolio is 4-7 pages plus the enclosures. Individual faculties and units may have the specific guidelines and recommendations of their own regarding the structure, extent and requisite enclosures. When applying for a teaching or research post at the university, one should always make sure whether the faculty or unit has given their own instructions on how to create one’s academic portfolio. The portfolio is also a tool for enhancing one’s competence and development.