ERIC Number: ED227740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Dear Graduate Student (And Future Professor).
Hettich, Paul; And Others
Issues are discussed that graduate students may want to consider before seeking positions at small colleges. The discussion is based on perspectives gained from about 50 interviews as well as 50-60 resumes received from graduate students in psychology. Attention is directed to: enculturation of graduate school norms and their relation to job expectations and performance; the importance of pre-employment teaching experience and how to get it; self-presentation and interviewing issues; and examination of career values and goals in terms of flexibility of interests and commitment to students and the college community. In contrast to the attitudes prevalent among graduate students, the beginning college instructor may come to different conclusions, such as realizing that undergraduate teaching is demanding and more difficult than graduate-level instruction. Graduate students should try to teach different courses as much as possible, and should undertake coursework and workshops in college teaching. In addition, teacher applicants should come to job interviews with prepared questions concerning the department's philosophy, available support services, and working conditions. Finally, prospective small college teachers should evaluate their goals and values, including whether they are willing to be generalists. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Montreal, Quebec, 1980).