ERIC Number: ED382961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
So You Want To Teach at the Two-Year College: The Application Process.
As veterans of several years' graduate training and teaching assistantships in Writing Programs, new degree holders entering the academic job market may assume they have an understanding, or at least an awareness, of audience and of discourse convention. But when it comes to their own job applications, they may be overlooking some of the very elements with which they should be most familiar. Here are some hints for those applying for composition and rhetoric positions at two-year institutions. First, the curriculum vita and application letter should indicate clearly how the applicant's specialization and experience fit the job description. Addenda and qualifiers can be added after the applicant has established his or her eligibility for the position. Second, application materials should be arranged in logical, easy-to-read blocks of information. Each document should work for the applicant; redundancy wastes space that could be used to demonstrate credibility with the institution and the position. Third, terms the applicant uses and terms used in the position announcement should be clarified. For instance, rather than writing "ABD," write, "I have finished my coursework and am presently completing my dissertation." Fourth, the applicant should go beyond his or her present job description and show his or her individual one-of-a-kind contributions to each position listed in the resume. (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: English Teachers; Professional Concerns
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (46th, Washington, DC, March 23-25, 1995).