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.

See also:

Careers at the University of Helsinki

Open positions