Considering a faculty position? Don't miss the Preparing for Faculty Job Applications Brown Bag Discussion Series

Submitted on September 1, 2016

The Office of Instruction and Assessment, the Graduate Center and the Graduate & Professional Student Council would like to invite you to our “Preparing for Faculty Job Applications” Brown Bag Discussion Series. This is a series of 4 brown bags, with the first one starting this coming Tuesday on September 6th. Attached and copied below is the schedule for the series.

“Preparing for Faculty Job Applications" Brown Bag Discussion Series Schedule

All workshops are open seating, no RSVP required. Please bring your lunch (Note: Only home-made and Student Union food allowed) and join us to discuss matters related to applying for college and university faculty positions, particularly those elements that relate to teaching.  Open to all graduate students, post docs, and others interested in pursuing faculty positions.

1.         Developing an Application-ready Course Syllabus: (September 6)

Time: Noon to 1pm

Venue: Student Union Santa Cruz Room (Level 3)

More and more colleges and universities, particularly those with more teaching emphasis, request a sample course syllabus as part of their applications for faculty positions.  In this brown bag discussion, participants will discuss ways to refine an existing or develop a new course syllabus and tailor it for a particular job position.  Participants are encouraged to bring a sample syllabus and job listing to discuss and share.

2.         Writing Diversity Statements: (September 13)

Time: Noon to 1pm

Venue: Student Union Santa Cruz Room (Level 3)

With growing awareness of diversity and accessibility issues, more and more educational institutions ask for explicit statements by their instructors about their diversity-responsive beliefs and practices. In the light of the AACU inclusive excellence initiative, this brownbag will focus on promoting and expressing inclusive and diversity-responsive teaching, research, and service. The conversation will evolve around prompts and strategies to approach writing diversity statements.

3.         Developing your Teaching Statement: (September 20)

Time: Noon to 1pm

Venue: Student Union Santa Cruz Room (Level 3)

In this brown bag discussion, participants will discuss strategies for developing and refining your Teaching Statement as part of your letter of interest or as a separate Teaching Philosophy.  As colleges and universities are increasingly requesting evidence of teaching effectiveness as part of these applications, participants will also discuss what evidence is appropriate to include, how to compile Teacher Course Evaluations or other student ratings as part of a job application, and how to include evidence when you are not teaching your own course. Regardless of the type of institution, this discussion applies to anyone pursuing a college faculty position that will include teaching responsibilities.

4.         Strategies for Presenting Your Teaching Portfolio Online: (September 27)

Time: Noon to 1pm

Venue: Student Union Santa Cruz Room (Level 3)

Building and maintaining a professional online presence is becoming a necessity for an academic career.  Part of an academic identity is a cohesive and comprehensive teaching portfolio, which often includes a teaching philosophy statement, representative sample of instructional materials, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.  In this brown bag, we will discuss the purpose and characteristics of an effective teaching portfolio, strategies for an engaging portfolio design, and share examples of online portfolios.  This discussion applies to anyone pursuing a college faculty position that will include teaching responsibilities, particularly those pursuing positions at teaching-emphasis institutions. 


If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to email gpscevents@email.arizona.edu