Student Portfolios

As part of its ongoing self-assessment, St. Vladimir’s Seminary requires M.Div. middler and senior students to submit portfolios of their work. Compiled from student papers, sermons, and fieldwork evaluations, these serve as cross-sections of the seminarian’s work and growth. They are reviewed by the Director of Assessment and evaluated by an external reviewer at a peer school. (External reviewers are unable to see the student’s name.) In this way the seminary is helped to see how it is measuring up to the outcomes it has established for the M.Div. degree program.

Contents of middler portfolio

Submitted by the student:
  1. One essay from OT 100 or NT 202;
  2. One essay from CH 100 or PA 204;
  3. One essay from LT 102 or ST 201; and
  4. Student reflection on the following quesitons:

» What were your criteria for the essays you chose to submit?
» What were the greatest challenges you faced in your seminary work?
» In what ways have you grown personally and spiritually in your time at the seminary?

Solicited separately:
  1. Evaluation from the Director of Field Education; and
  2. Evaluation from Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

Contents of senior portfolio

Submitted by the student:
  1. One essay from NT 203 or CE 203;
  2. One essay from PT 205 or PT 208;
  3. One essay from LT 202 or ST 202;
  4. Video (via YouTube link) and manuscript of sermon delivered in chapel or class with instructor’s comments; and
  5. Student reflection on the following questions: 

» What were your criteria for the essays you chose to submit?
» What were the greatest challenges you faced in your seminary work?
» In what ways have you grown personally and spiritually in your time at the seminary?

Solicited separately:
  1. Evaluation from the Director of Field Education; and
  2. Evaluation from Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

Submission instructions

Students submit their portfolio in a manila folder—using paper clips (not staples) to separate their materials—to Nina Matusiak, Student Affairs Administrator. Students are responsible for choosing essays from the courses specified above, submitting them for the portfolio as submitted initially for the class.

Middler portfolios are due by the first day of the spring semester of the middler year. Senior portfolios are submitted at the student’s oral comprehensive exam in the spring semester of the senior year.