M.A. Portfolio

Based on their interests and in conjunction with their adviser, students will choose one of the options listed below.  Work on the portfolio may begin with course work completed in English 500, Introduction to Graduate Studies in English. Papers written for other graduate seminars may also form the basis of work included in the portfolio.  Contents of the portfolio may be reviewed by the student's adviser or other faculty members as they are completed; the entire portfolio must be completed and reviewed by a faculty review committee at least two months prior to the end of the student's final semester in the graduate program.

The portfolio must be complete upon submission and shall contain only the standard required items for each option. These items should be separated by white dividers labeled accordingly and placed in a white binder no more than three inches wide.

Forms

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Portfolio Option 1: Academic Professional Development
This option emphasizes critical practice and research leading to participation in professional conferences and publication. It is especially useful for students wishing to pursue the Ph.D., but will also benefit those who wish to enhance their skills as academic practitioners at the two-year college or high school levels. The portfolio must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement relating scholarly interests to CSUF graduate course work
  • Conference paper abstract
  • Conference paper

Evaluation

A passing portfolio contains the following:                                                                                                                      
Curriculum Vitae

  • accurate information that is presented in appropriate academic format
  • adequate personal and reference contact information

Personal statement

  • a brief discussion of the student's scholarly interests and how they developed
  • a description of graduate career highlights (undergraduate work included where relevant) that includes reference to longer research projects, conference presentations, academic-related work and activities
  • a forecast of the student's future study/research/career goals and the relationship between these goals and the contents of the portfolio

Conference abstract and supporting documents

  • student's contact information, name and location of the conference, the call for papers, and date the paper was submitted or the conference was attended
  • 250-500 word abstract of the paper

Conference paper and supporting documents

  • 8-10-page conference paper, not including works cited and other ancillary materials
  • a one-paragraph explanation of the relevance of the conference to the student's interests and its appropriateness for the paper presented

 

Portfolio Option 2:  Pedagogical Development
This option emphasizes critical practice and research in pedagogy, whether at the secondary or college level. It is especially useful for students currently holding teaching positions, planning to apply for teaching positions, or intending to pursue graduate work in composition/rhetoric. The portfolio must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement relating pedagogical interests to CSUF graduate course work
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Detailed syllabus, lesson plans, ancillary materials, and rationale

Evaluation

A passing portfolio contains the following:

Curriculum Vitae

  • accurate information that is presented in appropriate academic format
  • adequate personal and reference contact information

Personal statement

  • a brief discussion of the student's pedagogical interests and how they developed
  • a description of graduate career highlights (undergraduate work included where relevant) that includes reference to longer research projects, conference presentations, academic-related work and activities
  • a forecast of the student's future study/research/career goals and the relationship between these goals and the contents of the portfolio

Teaching Philosophy

  • a two-page discussion of the student's teaching philosophy and adequate illustration of how the philosophy is instantiated in the classroom

Syllabus and lesson plans and supporting documents

  • a complete, semester-long secondary or college level course syllabus that identifies and describes the course, assigned texts, and weekly schedule
  • sample weekly lesson plans and ancillary materials, such as assignments and grading rubrics
  • a two-page rationale for the chosen course structure, texts, and assignments

 

Portfolio Option 3: Creative/Professional Writing Development
This portfolio emphasizes critical study of and practice in various types of professional or creative writing that will help students intending to seek employment in professional or creative writing and editing or preparing for a career in creative writing or professional editing/publishing.  The portfolio must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement relating creative interests to CSUF graduate course work
  • Description and analysis of the work completed on a publication at CSUF or in off-campus venues, or in the course of a writing internship
  • One piece of writing submitted to a refereed journal

Evaluation
A passing portfolio contains the following:

Curriculum Vitae

  • accurate information that is presented in appropriate academic format
  • adequate personal and reference contact information

Personal statement

  • a brief discussion of the student's creative interests and how they developed
  • a description of graduate career highlights (undergraduate work included where relevant) that include reference to completed writings, public readings/presentations, academic-related work and activities
  • a forecast of the student's future study/writing/career goals and the relationship between these goals and the contents of the portfolio

Analysis of Professional Work

  • a three-page description and analysis of work completed on a publication (could be extra curricular or from undergraduate experiences), a writing internship completed in English 498, or a discussion of the student's research on potential publishing venues for the student's creative work

Journal submission and supporting documents

  • Contact information, name of journal, submission guidelines
  • one short story, play, creative non-fiction, or poetry selection (three poems or the equivalent) submitted to a refereed off-campus journal