Spring 2006. Dr. Paul Quick, TA Program Co-Director, Center for Teaching and Learning. No matter how much your advisors stress the importance of your research -- and it is critical, especially at a research university like UGA -- the reality is that four-year teaching colleges offer the majority of jobs for future faculty members. Strong teaching credentials are a plus at research universities, too. A teaching portfolio is your best-bet tool for marketing yourself to employers, applying for awards and pushing yourself to be a better teacher.