Applying for Academic Jobs


Water-cooler conversations on academic job application experiences
I find that it's useful to get a cultural sense of the school. Peruse some of their course syllabi, public class discussion (twitter, facebook), or even RateMyProfessor.com. Best to actually ask academic folks for their opinion.
Here's a wiki that @lackaff pointed me to... it's useful for getting a sense of the academic job hiring industry: http://academicjobs.wikia.com

Preparing for the academic job interview
http://chronicle.com/article/The-Academic-Job-Interview/44607/
When you walk into an interview, your goal is to convey an image of yourself as a colleague. After all, a colleague is what your interviewers are looking for. What that means is for you to express your excitement and enthusiasm for your work, for the work of members of the hiring department, and for the institution. You want to convey the feeling that you are already comfortable as a member of the academic profession.

Academic Job Interview Questions
http://faculty.virginia.edu/schoolhouse/ProfessionalizationPage/JobAdviceandQuestions.html
http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~jbeebe2/IntvQs.htm
http://otal.umd.edu/~sies/jobquess.html


Example Interview Questions
(via http://gradschool.about.com/cs/academicinterview/a/acadintask.htm)

  • Describe your research/dissertation. What are you currently working on? What is your five year plan?
  • What are your plans for publishing?
  • How do you plan to support your research?
  • How will you seek funding to support your research?
  • In what journals do you plan to submit your research?
  • What is your teaching philosophy?
  • Describe how you'd teach an introductory survey course in your discipline (or an advanced seminar)?
  • What courses would you like to teach?
  • What course, not currently in our catalogue, would you like to develop?
  • How does your research inform your teaching?
  • What are your plans for integrating students into your research?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • What textbook would you use in a particular course?
  • What classes have you taught?
  • How do you structure your courses?

More specialized questions (via @lackaff):
- Which of our courses do you see yourself teaching?
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Interesting Blog Post: Teaching, Course Load, and Energy/Exhaustion
http://reassignedtime.blogspot.com/2008/09/teaching-course-load-and.html