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Academic Interview. Details of what happens with your application and Preparation areas
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching
Posted by: site admin @ 10:04 am

Stan Wong and I met for the first time this week
when he co-presented a very nice tutorial on
the academic interview process.  His organized
and fact-based style resonated nicely with the
post-doc audience.

While he spoke from a chemistry background,
the dozens of topics applied to mostly all areas of the
research university teaching interview
s for
technical fields.

SELECTION COMMITTEE
The committee, one of many that each department
forms to accomplish their goals, assembles and agrees
through discussion on the kind of new faculty member
who would be desirable to invite into the department.
Collectively, they screen many applicants’ packages
from ad responses, from recommended and referral
sources and even unsolicited sources.  They reduce the
number they wish to invite in to 5-10% of the initial
number and host them for interview trips over a short
period of time with the same interviewers.

INTERVIEW
The interviewers include:  dean or provost, chair,
committee members, graduate students and even
undergraduates.

At least two or three presentations are expected–
research seminar, ‘chalk talk’ (as Stan called the
research proposal), and delivering classes.

Meetings and tours will involve directly affected
people and facilities and indirectly affected ones,
in an intensive process for a couple of days.

Topics:
  research areas and areas of possible cooperation
  teaching style and courses that you can teach
  fit and involvement in department operations
 
CANDIDATE’S NEEDS
  formal position title and expectations
  teaching load and committee involvement
  mission, style and approach of department
  research expectations and facilities availability..

MUTUAL EVALUATION/SELECTION
The committee collects the input and approves the
“match to the department needs” and fit of the candidate.

It was very nice to see this all laid out!
R1 institutions seek scientists who wish to do
compelling science and make a connection of
your proposed work to the facilities available and
philosophy of the department.

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