“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Sunday, December 12, 2010

How to Get That Elusive Academic Job 15—the interview (pitch your teaching)

Have at least TWO classes you can talk about. Handouts work. They don't have to be detailed—in a sense a sketch is better since you can fill it in more easily. Don't get lost in details. Use a basic ikebana style approach. Let them know about ONE thing your students will take away from each class.

(1) intro 101 style class in your field or in your department's main discipline

(2) specialized “dream” type advanced elective

Then (if necessary)

(3) graduate class

Be ready to talk about how your research works in your teaching. This is a chance for you to show how you will meet their needs.

Here's something to chew on: how would you handle a large lecture class (100 plus people)?

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