Notes: Getting a Job at a State School

Getting a Job at a State School

Created Friday 04 November 2011

PUI (primarily undergraduate institute)
many have balance of teaching and research

1 What is the appeal of a CalState?

  • it’s in California
  • the more teaching experience you can get, the better
  • esp. if they are your own classes
  • likes the mixture of teach and research
  • can make impacts on student like (help with papers, career path, etc).

    • are eval’d on the teaching
    • likes the diversity (ethnic, economic)
    • not driven to publish in the High Impact 0% acceptance journ

2 hiring is done based on demonstrated need

  • have 100 applicants for a political theory job
  • have to give a talk, helps to be local

3 CSU requires some research

  • 40% of progress to tenure, 20% on service
  • does NOT look at only teaching
  • path to tenure beaucratic but also clear
  • turn dissertation into a book (art history) before you’re in job market

4 How get connections?

  • knowing how to present yourself
  • cold call
  • cover letter to department chair
  • pithy local conferences
  • apply for jobs, give talks
  • send out CV for teaching (lecture positions available)

    • don’t do too often (school will want to hire someone new)

5 CSU doesn’t get sabbatical until after tenure

  • and they’re competitive
  • tenure is strong, if you do your homework
  • might want to keep some work backup, to count towards tenure (book chapters of dissertation, above)

    • work counts on publication date (not acceptance date)

6 can teach the survey courses (cave art to pop art)

  • must know the field well
  • assessment of student learning outcomes and goals
  • be familiar with language of assessment
  • prepare a syllabus for intro courses (what book, what assignments, etc)
  • show you can think through class design

7 candidates often pitch the teaching too high, and research too low

  • faculty is actively engaged in research (offended if suggest otherwise)

8 be reflective about how you teach

  • what did you do for that struggling student
  • how did you help that one improve their writing
  • what books best expose students to disciplinary knowledge
  • how/why you use powerpoint

9 make a teaching portfolio

  • doesn’t refect the concepts
  • focus on the students

    • outcomes
    • backgrounds
    • diversity
    • engagement techniques

10 fold the 40/40/20 ratio into cover letter?

  • no more that two pages, don’t force into one
  • put the research first
  • signal open to cirriculum development
  • have done investigation into the department
  • signal that you know you won’t have a dream job
  • you aren’t above the students, or staff
  • know about the current initiatives
  • READ their website, target your letter

    • focus on department
  • don’t be rude, ever!

11 probably also inclue a 2pg teaching phil overview

  • make avail to the reviewer (so they don’t have to ask)

12 short list phone intervew

  • give detailed answers

    • use all your time
  • enthusiasm in voice

    • dress up, walk around, smile, pretend you are in person
  • go for the first interview

    • get the committee aware, happy, energetic

13 keep your materials organized

  • then riviewer can sift for what they want
  • highlight, overview

14 don’t sacrifice research for teaching

  • get papers/dissertation done and out

15 give clues that you are also fit for administrative positions

16 teaching demo:

  • give one that you can do on the fly
  • don’t create something totally new
  • make sure that you can finish on time

    • esp if you give overview of everything (history of world)
  • be aware of jargon

17 interview

  • both teaching and research
  • you take over someone’s class

    • don’t argue too much over your specialization
  • don’t belittle the research

18 it’s ok to cold call dept after submitting your application

  • but not too often