Module 3 Section 3: Best Practices for Writing Your Dossier


Now that you have thought through your dossier content and appendices, here are some best practices to keep in mind as you develop your dossier.

In this section, we will explore:

  • best practices for creating a narrative;
  • best design practices for professional use;
  • tips for preparing a dossier for an academic job; and
  • guidance on reviewing and receiving feedback on your dossier.


This 60-minute self-paced module is part of a four-module series for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows exploring strategies to reflect on their teaching and develop their teaching dossier.

Are you interested in adopting this series into your current and future graduate student and post-doctoral fellow professional development programming? If yes, download the "Institutional Guide" (PDF | DOCX) for programming ideas, embedding instructions, and customization options.

The series was co-developed by five institutional partners: Ryerson (X) University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, University of Windsor, and Western University. This project is made possible with funding by the Government of Ontario and through eCampusOntario’s support of the Virtual Learning Strategy. To learn more about the Virtual Learning Strategy, visit