“Preparing for Faculty Job Applications" Workshop Series

“Preparing for Faculty Job Applications" Workshop Series

Registration is requested, but not required. Please bring your lunch (Note: Only home-made and Student Union food allowed) and join us to discuss matters related to applying for college and university faculty positions, particularly those elements that relate to teaching. Open to all graduate students, post docs, and others interested in pursuing faculty positions.  These workshops are offered collaboratively by the GPSC, the Graduate Center and the OIA.

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Workshop 1.         Developing your Teaching Statement: (Tuesday, January 31)

Time: Noon to 1pm

Venue: Student Union Santa Cruz Room (Level 3)

In this workshop, participants will discuss strategies for developing and refining your Teaching Statement as part of your letter of interest or as a separate Teaching Philosophy.  As colleges and universities are increasingly requesting evidence of teaching effectiveness as part of these applications, participants will also discuss what evidence is appropriate to include, how to compile Teacher Course Evaluations or other student ratings as part of a job application, and how to include evidence when you are not teaching your own course. Regardless of the type of institution, this workshop applies to anyone pursuing a college faculty position that will include teaching responsibilities.  Facilitated by Erin Dokter

Workshop 2.            Writing Diversity Statements: (Tuesday, February 7)

Time: Noon to 1pm

Venue: Student Union Santa Cruz Room (Level 3)

With growing awareness of diversity and accessibility issues, more and more educational institutions ask for explicit statements by their instructors about their diversity-responsive beliefs and practices. In the light of the AACU inclusive excellence initiative, this workshop will focus on promoting and expressing inclusive and diversity-responsive teaching, research, and service. The workshop will include a brief introduction to “inclusive excellence,” prompts to develop content for your diversity statement, a discussion of writing strategies, and, if time permits, peer feedback on your outline or draft. This workshop applies to anyone pursuing a college faculty position that will include teaching responsibilities.  Facilitated by Mascha Gemein

Workshop 3.            Strategies for Presenting Your Teaching Portfolio Online: (Tuesday, February 14)

Time: Noon to 1pm

Venue: Student Union Santa Cruz Room (Level 3)

Building and maintaining a professional online presence is becoming a necessity for an academic career.  Part of an academic identity is a cohesive and comprehensive teaching portfolio, which often includes a teaching philosophy statement, representative sample of instructional materials, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.  In this workshop, we will discuss the purpose and characteristics of an effective teaching portfolio, strategies for an engaging portfolio design, and share examples of online portfolios.  This workshop applies to anyone pursuing a college faculty position that will include teaching responsibilities, particularly those pursuing positions at teaching-emphasis institutions. Facilitated by Phyllis Brodsky

Workshop 4.         Developing an Application-ready Course Syllabus: (Tuesday, February 21)

Time: Noon to 1pm

Venue: Student Union Santa Cruz Room (Level 3)

More and more colleges and universities, particularly those with more teaching emphasis, request a sample course syllabus as part of their applications for faculty positions.  In this workshop, participants will discuss ways to refine an existing or develop a new course syllabus, tailor it for a particular job position, while ensuring its authenticity and alignment with your teaching philosophy.  Participants are encouraged to bring a sample syllabus and job listing to discuss and share.  Facilitated by Erin Dokter