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Department: Biology

Portfolio Requirements for Biology and Environmental Science Majors

  • Résumé: An up-to-date résumé should be included in your portfolio.
  • Cover Letter: A standard cover letter that can be used for an internship, job or graduate school application.
  • Personal Statement: The personal statement should be appropriate for an internship or graduate school application.
  • Two lab reports: One from Genetics or from first semester junior year and one from a 300 or 400 level course.
  • Research Paper: At least one research paper authored in one of the science classes required for the major
  • Capstone: Everything from summer research internships: abstract, PowerPoint and/or poster or the research paper from the senior seminar capstone class or a comprehensive report about a study abroad experience.
  • Other: This can be an additional research paper or lab report that is of exceptional quality and should be included in the portfolio to accurately reflect the student’s ability. It may also be a publication or other document that enhances the portfolio.

Department: Center of Excellence in Business and Entrepreurial Studies

Portfolio Contents:

  • at least one writing sample from a 200 level (or higher) business core course
  • an in-class writing assignment from a 300 level (or higher) writing-intensive business course submitted by the professor
  • any writing assignments submitted by the student, including term papers, articles/publications, or other written presentations.
  • Students are encouraged to submit to their Advisor, copies of any paper from any 200 level (or higher) course that they feel reflect their true writing proficiency. The Advisor will file the papers in the portfolio, and they will be included in the review.
  • a minimum of three (3) documents is necessary to complete the portfolio.

Department: Chemistry

Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Majors
Portfolio Contents:
A portfolio is assessable if it contains:

  • a resume
  • at least one writing sample from a 200 level (or higher) chemistry course
  • an in-class writing assignment from a 300 level (or higher) chemistry course
  • any writing assignments submitted by the student, including laboratory reports, articles/publications, and research posters. (Students are encouraged to submit to the Department Secretary and to the Department Chair copies of any paper from any 200 level (or higher) course that they feel reflect their true writing proficiency. The Secretary will file the papers in the portfolio, and they will be included in the review.)
  • a minimum of six (6) documents.

Department: Education

Developing Your Teaching Portfolio

EDU 401/ 420
A teaching portfolio documents your philosophy, preparation and accomplishments as a teacher. The portfolio should serve you. The contents of the portfolio should enable you to reflect on your teaching successes; identify your weaknesses and provide strategies to improve your teaching; solicit peer and expert feedback; and organize your best works and resources. A portfolio can be shown to prospective employers, and it is a useful way to document your continuing development as a professional educator.
Your portfolio will be an ongoing project throughout the 2011-2012 academic years. At the end of the semester, your portfolio will be evaluated and returned to you. Throughout student teaching you will be expected to continually revise your portfolio.
The kinds of exhibits that are typically included in a teaching portfolio are listed below. This is by no means an exhaustive list of possible kinds of evidence concerning your knowledge and abilities as a teacher. Think carefully about what you place in your portfolio, since its purpose is to reflect you and your approach to teaching. Organize your work in an attractive, 3-ring binder (vinyl or leather folders are available at office supply stores), with labeled section dividers.

Organizing your Teaching Portfolio

  • Evidence of experience, knowledge, skill, and dispositions as an educator
    • Resume
    • Philosophy of teaching
    • Papers or projects from education courses
    • Letters of recommendation
    • URL for your personal teaching Web page (optional)
  • Relevant work, including work in progress
    • Unit and lesson plan(s) you developed
    • Descriptions of past teaching experiences
    • Examples of your students' work
    • Evaluation and validity of student assessment related to the overall assessment and individual
      questions
  • Evaluation and reflection
    • Self-reflection from journals
    • Compiled comments from microteaching with reflection on validity of critiques, changes that could be made in the lesson and successful strategies employed in the lesson
    • Supervisor's evaluations of your lessons and teaching along with your reflection on the comments (cooperating teachers during 207,307, or student teaching)
  • Resources and "tools" for teaching.
    • Your resource unit developed during the unit plan
    • A reference list of articles that inform your teaching
    • Discussion of types of technology with which you are familiar and evaluation of the utility of such technology in teaching

Department: English

Liberal Arts/English Ed. Majors
Portfolio Contents:
A portfolio is assessable if it contains:

  • the Declaration of Major essay
  • a resume
  • an in-class writing assignment from a 200 level (or higher) English Department course
  • at least one other writing assignment from a 200 level (or higher) English Department course, filed by the course instructor
  • any writing assignments submitted by the student. (Students are encouraged to submit to the Department Secretary copies of any paper from any 200 level (or higher) English Department course that they feel reflect their true writing proficiency. The Secretary will file the papers in the portfolio, and they will be included in the Review.)

Department: Foreign Languages & Literatures

Portfolio Includes:

Four writing samples in French/Spanish (each sample must be at least one page long). If the language is the student’s only major, he/she must submit, in addition four writing samples in English.


Department: Health, Physical Education & Recreation
Portfolios may include essays, lab reports, personal statements, philosophy statements and research papers. Only for the academic year 2012-2013, academic papers from other departments will be accepted.


Department: Mathematics and Computer Science

Math Majors
Portfolios Include:

A minimum of four (4) documents which can include:

  • One Resume or CV, including a detailed work philosophy statement.
  • One Personal Statement  (see description on department webpage)
  • One to three Project, Research or Internship Products from any of the Capstone courses – Written report, poster with abstract, short research paper, conference presentation, etc.
  • One to three examples of  revised and edited written assignments from different designated Writing Emphasis courses (minimum 3 pages each)

Computer Science Majors
Portfolios Include:
A minimum of four (4) documents including:
Paper #1: A five-page technical writing paper from one of the CSC WI courses listed above, assigned by instructor of the course. A minimum of three papers on topics selected from the list of "writing options" below.

  • One Resume or CV including a detailed work philosophy statement.
  • One Personal Statement (see description on department webpage)
  • One to three Research Papers: This could be research done with a professor or at an internship or a creative research idea by the student. One to three additional five-page technical writing papers (not the one selected for item #1) from one of the CSC WI courses assigned by instructor of the course.
  • One to three Conference Presentation papers

Paper #1: A five-page technical writing paper from one of the CSC WI courses listed above, assigned by instructor of the course (format and rubric for technical writing papers will be listed on the math website soon).


Paper #2, #3, and #4: Three papers on topics selected from the list of “writing options for Paper #2, #3 & #4” below.

Writing options for Paper #2, #3, and #4

  • One Resume or CV including a detailed work philosophy statement.
  • One Personal Statement: A 2-page paper on academic knowledge gained in Computer Science. In this paper students can explain important topics they have learned in the program. Also they can explain what part(s) of computer science is the most or least interesting. In addition, they may make suggestions on how the Computer Science department can make improvements to the computer science program. In addition any future career or graduate school plans students may have.
  • One to three Research Papers: This could be research done with a professor or at an internship or a creative research idea by the student.One to three additional five-page technical writing papers (not the one selected for item #1) from one of the CSC WI courses assigned by instructor of the course.
  • One to three Conference Presentation papers

Department: History & Political Science
The requirements are determined on a case by case basis. For details, contact the department chair, Dr. Stephen McCullough.


Department: Mass Communications

This requirement is for junior and senior mass communications majors. Students should not wait until their senior year to submit their writing proficiency portfolios. Four original writing samples are required.

Four Writing Samples:
Mass Communications majors are required to submit two samples from two conceptual courses and two skills courses. Students cannot submit two or more samples written for one course. Each sample should include the name of the course, the semester in which the student was enrolled in the course, and the name of the instructor. Samples without this information will not be evaluated.

Conceptual Courses:
COM201-Mass Media and Society
COM300 Communication Theory
COM401 Research Methods
COM404-Mass Media Law and Ethics

Skills Courses:
COM202 News Writing
COM 207 Broadcast News Writing
COM302 Public Relations Principles and Practices
COM 403 Feature Writing


Department: Physics
The writing portfolio will consist of lab reports.


Department: Philosophy & Religion

Portfolio Includes:

  • Essay: Why I Became a Philosophy or Religion Major and How Becoming a Major Has Impacted the Way I Think or Believe (2 pages)
  • One 5-20 page research paper
  • A resume
  • Two writing assignments of about two pages in length from a class within your major

Department: Psychology & Human Services

Portfolio Contents:

• Conference Presentations
• Personal Statements
• Resumes or CVs
• Statements of Teaching Philosophy
• Essays
• Research Papers
• Lab Reports

The portfolio has to include four writing samples.

• Any writing assignments submitted by the student. (Students are encouraged to submit to the Department Secretary copies of any paper from any 200 level (or higher) course that they feel reflect their true writing proficiency. The Secretary will file the papers in the portfolio, and they will be included in the Review.)

If the papers are found to be less than what is expected of a college student, then the student will be directed to either the writing laboratory at Lincoln or sent to the PREP program offered by the English department. The writing portfolios of our students will be retained for a period of three years within the Department. These portfolios will be retained in electronic and hard copy format.


Department: Sociology & Anthropology

Possible Portfolio Documents include:

  • Conference Presentations
  • Personal Statements
  • Resumes or CVs
  • Statements of Teaching Philosophy
  • Essays
  • Research Papers
  • Lab Reports

Department: Visual and Performing Arts

Music
Portfolios Include:

  • Research paper – Music Lit.
  • Junior and Senior Recital Program Notes
  • Biological sketch (from recitals)
  • Curriculum vitae

Department: Music Education
Portfolios Include:
Writing Portfolio must have four of the below:

1.  Research paper – Music Lit. (they all take this class and may use their research paper in their portfolio)

2. Lesson plans in the LU Format - minimum of four

3. Philosophy of Music Education

4. Sample/Practice Letters to Parents & other Practical Documents

5. email logs of field experience work

6. Essays

7. Senior Recital Program Notes

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Department: Performing Arts
Portfolios Include:
1.    Research paper – Music Lit.
2.   Junior and Senior Recital Program Notes
3.   Biological sketch (from recitals)
4.  Curriculum vitae
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Department: Visual Arts
Writing Portfolio Program Components for
B.A./B.S. STUDIO ART
Portfolios Include:
Effective for all Visual Arts students who complete all requirements for the baccalaureate degree May 2013, you are required to create and maintain materials that lend towards the successful completion of the Writing Portfolio Program as outlined in the categories listed below:

I. PERSONAL/PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTS:  1-2pp
(Select one from both categories)
RESUME PER INDUSTRY STANDARDS (CAA)
Artist
Art Historian or Museum Administration

PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT
Artist’s Statement (General or specific to Senior Capstone Project)
Personal Statement (used for Graduate School)
Teaching Philosophy (used for K-12 teaching)

II. VISUAL ANALYSIS:   3-5pp (Choose One)
STUDENT’S SELECTED ARTWORK
ARTWORK NOT BY STUDENT

III. BRIEFS:  3-5pp
Graphic Arts Business Brief
Museum Studies Exhibition Brief

IV. MAJOR RESEARCH PAPER:  15-20pp
Art Historical Paper prepared in an upper-division course
A paper prepared in an interdisciplinary field that uses an artwork as the foundation for their investigation




 

 

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