The assessment process
Teachers wishing to apply for the distinction ETP should submit the following:
- a teaching portfolio
- a CV, with a special section dedicated to pedagogical activities
- the recommendation of their head of department
- testimonials of discussions with two critical friends
The applicants will also be interviewed.
The teaching portofolio
The teaching portfolio consists of a personal document and examples of the applicant’s teaching practices. In the personal document, the applicant presents his or her reflections on teaching and student learning. Examples should be given from the practical teaching experience, and related to the applicant’s teaching and learning philosophy. The applicant should motivate the choice of examples and show how they are applied in practice. Applicants should choose a number of relevant examples from their own teaching in order to illustrate the issues they deem most important, according to their own, personal teaching and learning philosophy.
The total length of the portfolio should be 10-12 pages.
The CV should be formulated such that the assessors can form an opinion of the applicant’s teaching activities, pedagogic training and other relevant experiences and qualifications.
The recommendation of the head of department
The application shall also include a written recommendation from the head of department. This allows the head of department to attest that the teacher in question is a qualified teacher, with no shortcomings in his or her relation to students or colleagues.
It is also normal to provide the head of department with the opportunity to express an opinion on the pedagogical abilities of the applicant. This can be regarded as part of the effort of LTH to make the quality of teaching and student learning an important aspect for its departments.
The applicant shall also include testimonials confirming that he or she has had discussions on the content of the teaching portfolio with at least two teachers previously awarded the distinction of ETP. These two teachers act as critical friends. The applicant may choose whom he or she wishes to discuss the portfolio with, and is responsible for arranging the discussions.
The discussions with the critical friends should focus on the portfolio in relation to the assessment criteria. The critical friends are not required to assess the portfolio. The aim of this process is primarily to improve the quality of the portfolio.
The assessment group
A group of teachers (the Assessment Group) evaluates the applicant’s qualifications. This group is made up of teachers who have already been awarded the distinction of ETP, and an external assessor (from another university). The LTH Careers Board appoints the members of the group. A pedagogical expert, appointed by the Careers Board, is also affiliated to the Assessment Group. This Group provides recommendations to the Careers Board as to whether the applicant should be accepted or not.
The interview is a complement to the portfolio submitted by the applicant and the recommendation of the head of department. It is especially important that the interview confirms that the applicant’s teaching and learning philosophy and actual practice form an integrated whole. The interview also follows the portfolio in such a way as to allow the applicant to go into detail regarding the examples given.
The LTH Careers Board
The LTH Careers Board has the overall responsibility for the ETP process and assigns duties to the Assessment Group. The Board makes decisions on recommending the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering to award ETPs based on the findings of the Assessment Group.