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Application instructions

for assessment of teaching expertise

Here you can find detailed instructions on how to prepare your application.

The application must consist of the following four parts in seperate PDF files and a cover page:

  1. teaching portfolio (including a maximum of 10 documents, corresponding to a maximum of 20 pages, verifying the content of the teaching portfolio)
  2. curriculum vitae (including a maximum of 20 pages of annexes)
  3. authorisation from the head of department
  4. certificates from two colleagues on completed interviews.

Download the cover page here (PDF 170 kB, new window)

Submit the application electronically to faculty coordinator Marie Steiner, marie [dot] steiner [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se, no later than 15 September.

The teaching portfolio

A teaching portfolio is a reflective text that provides a concrete and comprehensive picture of the applicant's pedagogical development and skills in teaching and pedagogical development work (see criteria for pedagogical skills).

The task of the portfolio, in combination with the applicant's curriculum vitae, is to show that the applicant fulfils the criteria for pedagogical competence specified by the faculty. In the text of the portfolio, the applicant reflects on his or her view of student learning and on the relationship between teaching and learning in his or her own subject on the basis of experience of and knowledge of teaching and learning. Through exploring the interface between proven experience and ideas about learning, the portfolio helps to shape and express what can be said to be the applicant's pedagogical philosophy. The portfolio should also contain concrete examples taken from the applicant's pedagogical practice and thus express a systematically reflected experience. The applicant makes a selection of examples based on some relevant themes related to their pedagogical philosophy. The applicant should justify their choice of themes and clearly show how these are illustrated by examples from their own pedagogical practice. 

This thematisation, can take different forms.

  • It can, for example refer to the different roles of the teaching profession
  • it can be problem-oriented with regard to some fundamental pedagogical or disciplinary didactic challenges
  • it can be case-oriented and work reflectively on the basis of concrete case descriptions
  • it can be chronologically oriented
  • or it can focus on ideas central to theories of learning.

The portfolio may also combine these approaches or use other thematic principles. The overarching feature of the portfolio should be that it systematically, reflectively and credibly highlights how the applicant continuously strives to create conditions that encourage learning.

The teaching portfolio should be written as a continuous, well-structured text and may comprise max. 7 000 words (excluding references and appendices). The information in the portfolio that refers to the applicant's pedagogical experience should be supported by reference to the applicant's curriculum vitae. The teacher should also attach documents verifying the examples of pedagogical practice mentioned in the portfolio, including a motivation for the included attachments.

Curriculum vitae

The curriculum vitae describes the applicant's pedagogical qualifications in point form. Where evidence or in-depth information is required, appendices are attached (e.g. certificates, reports, teaching materials). If the curriculum vitae covers a long period of time, the content should be communicated in such a way that it emphasises the variation, diversity and development of the applicant's various pedagogical experiences. Within each area, the qualifications should be stated with dates and with the associated information that is necessary to clarify and emphasise these.

  • Formal higher education pedagogical education
  • Subject-relevant pedagogical education or other pedagogical education.
  • Other experience of a pedagogical nature that the applicant believes is fully or partially equivalent or complementary to the other points (the applicant should justify their relevance).
  • Teaching experience or equivalent (including estimated number of teaching hours).
  • Supervision at undergraduate and graduate level
  • Pedagogical leadership
  • Pedagogical development work
  • Teaching material production and publications
  • National and international pedagogical work, e.g. guest lectures
  • Internationalisation work within pedagogical practice
  • Reporting and evaluation assignments
  • Symposia, conferences, workshops and collaborations
  • Awards and prizes in pedagogical activities
  • Other pedagogical qualifications and experience in addition to higher education pedagogy.

Appendices to the curriculum vitae

A maximum of 20 pages of appendices should be included to illustrate and substantiate the pedagogical activities.

  • Certificate of formal higher education pedagogical courses
  • Relevant certificates of employment
  • Processed course evaluation material
  • Certificate from the Director of Studies confirming the scope and type of teaching.

Authorisation from the head of department

The application must be accompanied by an endorsement from the applicant's head of department. If the applicant is a head of department, it is the dean who approves the application.

Template for authorisation from the head of department (Word)

Certificates from two colleagues

Before applying for an assessment of pedagogical skills, discussions about the teaching portfolio must be conducted with two colleagues, preferably someone who has been appointed as a merited or excellent teacher. The collegial dialogue should focus on the content of the portfolio based on the assessment criteria for teaching skills developed by the faculty.

The purpose of the dialogue is to provide a basis for and opportunities to improve the portfolio. The applicant chooses who they want to talk to and is responsible for ensuring that these conversations take place.

Certificates from these colleagues must be attached to the assessment documentation, confirming that the applicant has discussed the content of their teaching portfolio.


Marie Steiner
Faculty coordinator
+ 46 46 222 48 93
marie [dot] steiner [at] sam [dot] lu [dot] se (marie[dot]steiner[at]sam[dot]lu[dot]se)

Portfolio course

If you want to know more about how to write a teaching portfolio, you can also register for the annual course on how to compile your  portfolio.

The portfolio course is announced together with AHU's range of courses in higher education teaching and learning.

Courses in higher education teaching and learning