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What strengths do you bring to the University, and particularly our department, if you were to be hired here? | Guide to Answering Academic Job Questions

Answer tip: Collegiality, work well with people, good with students, balanced lifestyle, offer field-based courses, offer technical training, etc.

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What courses have you taught previously? | Guide to Answering Academic Job Questions

Answer tip: What matters is to be enthusiastic about teaching and well prepared to discuss key issues in teaching.

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If I were to come into your classroom, what would I see? What do you do that is unusual or particularly effective? | Guide to Answering Academic Job Questions

Answer tip: Wrong answer: “I lecture for 8 weeks, and then I give a test.” Show how you engage the students.

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What is your teaching philosophy? | Guide to Answering Academic Job Questions

Answer tip: There is no right answer here, except to show that you take teaching seriously and have given it some thought.

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Where do you see yourself in ten years? | Guide to Answering Academic Job Questions

Answer tip: “A tenured professor at [name the university]!” Then go on to talk about long term book projects, teaching goals, learning opportunities, research projects, etc. Convey to the committee that you have a plan which shows ambition and careful … Continue reading

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Why are you interested in this position? Alternative: How will you complement our program? | Guide to Answering Academic Job Questions

Answer tip: The key here is showing some knowledge of the institution and arguing it is the place you want to teach. Example: “I myself am a first generation college student, and I think I could relate to the students … Continue reading

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How have you gone about making your research relevant to communities outside of the university? | Guide to Answering Academic Job Questions

Answer tip: This question is increasingly important. You should talk to high schools, do outreach, newspaper op/ed pieces, children’s books, etc.

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Questions to ask the committee. | Guide to Answering Academic Job Questions

Answer tip: Check the website, and note if the department has anything special going on. Ask about the students, the library, and the locale. If you’re interviewing at a comprehensive college that has an MA program but emphasizes undergraduate teaching, … Continue reading

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Teaching/situational questions: faced with problem X, how would you solve it; how do you teach (lecture, group work, multimedia classrooms, etc.); which texts do you use and why; on an average day, what would your students do in one of your classes; what assignments do you require and why; discuss your grading policy. | Guide to Answering Academic Job Questions

Answer tip: Before you go to the interview, check out the department’s website and look at the courses offered. It’s a good idea to prep syllabi for different types of courses: a lower-division survey, an upper-division course in your field, … Continue reading

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Please discuss your dissertation/current research project. | Guide to Answering Academic Job Questions

Answer tip: You should be able to answer this clearly and concisely (aim for three minutes max. to begin with; if the committee has questions, they’ll ask them). Remember that your interview committee will almost certainly consist of people who … Continue reading

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