The process of developing a portfolio allows fellows to outline their goals, document their scholarly activities, assess their learning, and demonstrate their professional achievements. As fellows progress through the certificate program, they continue to build an archive of work they can draw upon as evidence of their scholarly and professional development.
Fellows’ portfolio advisors actively guide the process of developing, documenting, selecting, and reflecting on activities that fulfill the certificate’s learning objectives as well as the scholarly and professional goals fellows articulate for themselves.
Students may suggest faculty to serve as their advisor when they apply to the program. The admissions committee will give your selections due consideration; however, they may suggest alternatives based on their internal knowledge of program faculty expertise, interests, or availability. In all cases you will have the opportunity to meet with your assigned portfolio advisor before the relationship is confirmed.
If at some point in your progress through the certificate you find it necessary to change portfolio advisors due to unaligned or realigned interests or other incompatibilities, you can request to change your advisor.
The portfolio receives two formal reviews. Fellows are introduced to portfolio development and to the prompts that will facilitate its framing as part of the gateway course to the certificate, HUM 594: Scholarship as Public Practice. This course also structures the portfolio’s first formal review: fellows will review their initial portfolio in a conference with their portfolio advisors and the course instructors.
The portfolio’s second formal review comes when fellows complete the final requirement of the program, HUM 603: Capstone Portfolio. In their final quarter of the certificate program, fellows finalize a capstone portfolio that stages selected artifacts from their research, teaching, and engagement activities to make evidence-based claims persuasive to specific audiences. The final portfolio is reviewed by the fellow’s portfolio advisor and the certificate’s core faculty. Completion of the program is contingent on the approval of the final portfolio by the core faculty.
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