Preparing Graduate Students for Job Placements: Guidelines on Demonstrating Teaching Excellence

23 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2013

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Kerstin Hamann

University of Central Florida

Philip H. Pollock

University of Central Florida

Bruce Wilson

University of Central Florida; Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI)

Jonathan Williams

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

This paper evaluates job advertisements posted with APSA to assess what kind of teaching credentials are required for open positions in 2008 and 2012. We analyze the teaching credentials required for different types of positions, as well as different types of departments, to investigate whether required teaching qualifications differ across types of departments and for different ranks. Our aim is to develop suggestions that can be used by job applicants to showcase their strengths in teaching. Our findings suggest that the institutional characteristics of departments affect how job applicants are asked to document their preparation to take on the responsibilities associated with full-time academic employment. While research qualifications are required in large majority of all job listings, the extent to which teaching qualifications are required varies by type of department. Highly-ranked departments housed in national universities put less emphasis on candidates’ demonstration of teaching qualifications, while liberal arts colleges are more intent to have job candidates furnish evidence of their teaching skills, as do higher-ranked regional universities.

Suggested Citation

Hamann, Kerstin and Pollock, Philip H. and Wilson, Bruce and Williams, Jonathan, Preparing Graduate Students for Job Placements: Guidelines on Demonstrating Teaching Excellence (2013). APSA 2013 Annual Meeting Paper, American Political Science Association 2013 Annual Meeting, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2303566

Kerstin Hamann (Contact Author)

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Philip H. Pollock

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Bruce Wilson

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Jonathan Williams

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