Step 5: Develop your research, teaching, and diversity statements


Research Statements:

  • Download the OCPD Tip Sheet and Checklist: "Developing a Winning Research Statement."
  • Use this fairly comprehensive rubric that helps a candidate evaluate the content, style and form of their research statement.
  • From Cornell University, this website contains a clear outline for writing a research statement and provides several example statements to help candidates when evaluating their own.
  • Read “Developing Your Research Statement” a webpage that demystifies what a research statement is and offers some brief do’s and don’ts.
  • Targeting STEM faculty, this document provides review metrics for research statements.
  • From AAAS’s Science magazine, this article includes a “How To” section addressing elements of a successful research statement.
  • For example research statements, visit our Academic Samples page.


Teaching Statements or Statements of Teaching Philosophy

  • Washington University’s Teaching Center website provides general outlines for writing a teaching statement, and multiple links to other helpful resources.
  • Rubrics for developing and evaluating a teaching statement:
    • An in-depth rubric developed by Kearns & Sullivan; this rubric is very comprehensive and provides good information for crafting your teaching statement, but is probably more in-depth than most biomedical, or research-intensive positions require.
    • A simpler Rubric for Statements of Teaching Philosophy (Kaplan, O'Neal, Meizlish, Carillo, and Kardia, 2005) can be used to develop your teaching statement.
    • From the University of Minnesota’s Center for Educational Innovation, this website provides links to rubrics that are more general and can apply to a variety of applicants.
  • From Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching, this website is not directed to biomedical students specifically, but does contain helpful information about writing a teaching statement, the Kaplan rubric, and provides links to other resources.
  • From AAAS’s Science magazine, this article provides a more science-centered perspective on writing and evaluating a teaching statement.
  • Browse the "Teaching Philosophy webpage" for sample teaching statements & how-to articles targeted to scientists, by the University of Michigan's Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.
  • Download “Writing A Teaching Statement” by the University of Washington’s Center for Instructional Development and Research. Contains good writing prompts to help you get started writing your teaching statement.
  • For example teaching statements, visit our Academic Samples page.


Diversity Statements

  • From the University of Delaware, a fairly comprehensive list of resources about diversity statements, along with examples of universities that require them. Several resources from this list are highlighted below:
    • From University of California, Irvine, this resource contains FAQ’s and a link to an “evaluation grid” that their faculty can use in order to rate a diversity statement.
    • An essay from “Inside Higher Ed” that provides tips for writing an effective diversity statement.
    • University of Washington provides an online toolkit that provides helpful information on diversity, but specifically note the section “Tips for Assessing Diversity Statements.”
  • From the University of California, Davis Teaching Assistant Consultants, a link to several sample diversity statements here, and a link to other resources for developing statements here.


For more information:  Attend a workshop

We have workshops to help with your research, teaching, and diversity statements for R1 institutions as well as Research/Teaching (RT) institutions such as primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs), liberal arts colleges, and master's granting institutions.


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