Preparing Graduate Students for Job Placements: Guidelines on Demonstrating Teaching Excellence
23 Pages Posted: 21 Aug 2013
Date Written: 2013
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.
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