ERIC Number: ED382954
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Becoming Literate in the Employment Line: Graduate Students' Strategies for Job Placement.
Formo, Dawn M.
The job search for assistant professors in the area of composition and rhetoric may be divided into four phases: the application, the interview at the professional conference, the campus interview, and the formal job offer. Following an introductory section which speaks to all phases of the process, this paper concentrates on the latter part of the interview process. It offers the following practical advice: (1) subscriptions or access to the "MLA Job Information List" and the "Chronicle of Higher Education" should be secured by September; (2) have a member of the faculty unfamiliar with the applicant's work review his or her credentials; (3) spread the net wide in the job search--apply to many schools from a wide geographic area; (4) know that the application process is expensive ($250); (5) request that the department provide a mock interview; (6) know that interviews may be requested only days before they are to occur; (7) review university catalogues; (8) prepare questions for interviewers; (9) anticipate questions from interviewers, such as how does teaching inform research and vice versa; (10) request a copy of the interview itinerary; (11) clarify who is covering travel expenses; (12) anticipate interviews with the vice president of academic affairs and department faculty and a classroom presentation; (13) request interviews with the director of human affairs to discuss benefits; (14) prepare a teaching portfolio; and (15) do not accept an offer over the phone--request it in writing. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Professional Concerns
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (46th, Washington, DC, March 23-25, 1995).