Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicators for College Teachers

In this series of articles I am going to help you, a college instructor, improve you teaching by getting to know yourself better. You will better understand your own personality and how your traits impact your job as a college teacher.

Note: There is a free personality type assessment included which is viewed best on a wide screen monitor.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®)

The official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) assessment is available online for a nominal fee. If you want absolute accuracy and professional evaluation, this is the route for you. There are also a few free assessments online, most of which require you to register and provide your email address.

A book I highly recommend, Do What You Are – Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type, provides in depth information about the MBTI personality types and helps readers make their own determination based on which type fits them best.

Based on information in this book, I have constructor the following personality type assessment. It takes only a few minutes to complete the survey, and you results appear immediately. While I claim none of the validity that you get when you pay for the official assessment, those who have taken it vouch for its accuracy.

Enter a number from 1 to 5 after each statement to indicate your level of agreement. Then continue to scroll down to find your MBTI personality type.

  • (1) Strongly Disagree
  • (2) Somewhat Disagree
  • (3) Neutral
  • (4) Somewhat Agree
  • (5) Strongly Agree

Putting Your Personality to Work for You

In subsequent articles I will discuss the various personality types using the Myers-Briggs model and relate them specifically to college teaching. You will learn how your traits effect your performance as an instructor. You will identify ways in which you can improve your teaching. However, a few of you may learn that college teaching is not right for you!

For now, I refer you to the Wikipedia article on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. There is a lot of good information presented very concisely.

© 2012 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.

Posted June 3, 2012