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05/05/10
Academic Position. Interview for Community College
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring
Posted by: BlogMaster @ 5:03 pm


Recently, I had the privilege of working with a
member who asked for help with his interview
for a position at a community college. 

Brief pointers were sent, for example:  onsite
interview preparation
and reminders about civility..

Then he asked for specific, detailed help regarding

his interview in a phone conversation..
His interview lasted one hour and was tightly
scheduled to include:

A) chemistry CLASS (personal choice of topic) (10 minutes)

B) RESEARCH PROPOSAL and goals (5 minutes)
The audience for both was the search committee.

His preparation approach involved:

A) CLASS-  power point presentation for
carboxylic acids and their derivatives

B)  RESEARCH PROPOSAL- power point
presentation divided into:
  1)  Introduction (1 slides)
  2)  Aims (1)
  3)  Plan of action (2)
  4)  Achievements after one year and how it
positively impacts XXCC (2)
(here he emphasized undergraduate research,
collaboration and getting funded)

Suggestions offered were:

A) CLASS-  Consider bringing in some
natural products containing carboxylic acids
and esters that have odors, like fruit as in
the Wikipedia table

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ester


Consider showing what happens to these
materials and then write the reaction on the
board.  Do you use tangible teaching materials
like molecular models?  These might be
helpful.

B)  RESEARCH-  There should be a preliminary
budget estimate.  Look for equipment that is
common in most college laboratories, if you
can, to keep within academic setting limits.

Include acknowledgments for funding
organizations and people with whom you have
worked.

C) QUESTIONS -Consider asking questions about the
length of the
contract?   When does it start?  Is there
a chance
to start working earlier?  Explore the
interviewers’
experiences working at the community 

college.

Ask for a tour of the laboratories and a chance
to meet the students.

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