ERIC Number: ED417647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
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Small Liberal Arts College Seeks Assistant Professor.
Hettich, Paul I.; Cleland, Jerry W.; Jewett, David C.
The application and selection processes involved in filling a full-time assistant professor position at a small liberal arts college are discussed, as are the results of a survey returned by 64 undergraduate departments that undertook a search for a similar position during the 1995-1996 academic year. The survey involved departments that offered primarily undergraduate psychology degrees. The case study institution made a first-cut of applicants based on academic degree, experience with and perceived interest in teaching undergraduates, perceived "fit" with a small liberal arts college, teaching experience in at least two of the five courses, and a research agenda. In searching for faculty positions, candidates are advised to: ask other new hires and junior faculty how they obtained their jobs, obtain as much information about the institution as possible, make contact with the search committee before the application deadline, and tailor their cover letter to the criteria listed in the position announcement. Additional suggestions for job applicants include: thoroughly prepare for the interview, complete the Ph.D. in a timely manner, obtain prior undergraduate teaching experience in one's area of expertise and demonstrate an eagerness to continue that work, and have a clearly defined research agenda. Appendices include the 10 survey questions and response data. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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