An	
  Introduc+on	
  to	
  faculty	
  
Interviews
How	
  to	
  Ace	
  Your	
  Faculty	
  Interview	
  
A Publication of Fa...
When	
  preparing	
  for	
  an	
  interview	
  for	
  a	
  faculty	
  posi+on,	
  
you	
  may	
  encounter	
  ques+ons	
  ...
“One important key to success is self
confidence. An important key to self
confidence is preparation.”
-­‐	
  Arthur	
  As...
CHAPTER ONE
HOW CAN I PREPARE
FOR THE INTERVIEW?
FCO
Prepare for the Interview
Learn	
  about	
  the	
  university	
  or	
  college.	
  	
  
	
  
•  Visit	
  the	
  university...
CHAPTER TWO
POTENTIAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
FCO
Potential Questions
Describe	
  your	
  teaching	
  style	
  and	
  your	
  
philosophy?	
  	
  
	
  
•  Be	
  clear	
  wi...
More Potential Questions
How	
  do	
  you	
  adjust	
  your	
  teaching	
  style	
  
to	
  help	
  a	
  student	
  that	
 ...
CHAPTER THREE
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK?
FCO
Prepare your questions
How	
  is	
  faculty	
  performance	
  measured,	
  
and	
  reviewed?	
  
	
  
Do	
  you	
  offer	
 ...
CHAPTER FOUR
FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR
INTERVIEWER
FCO
Follow Up with your Interviewer
1.	
  Before	
  you	
  leave	
  the	
  interview,	
  ask	
  
about	
  the	
  next	
  steps...
FACULTY CLUB CONNECTS YOU
One	
  of	
  the	
  keys	
  to	
  FacultyClub.org	
  is	
  our	
  focus	
  on	
  
helping	
  con...
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When preparing for an interview for a faculty position, you may encounter questions that directly apply to your experience as a faculty member, or question your ability to teach. Here are some tips to help you stand out from the crowd, and showcase your best skills.

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  1. 1. An  Introduc+on  to  faculty   Interviews How  to  Ace  Your  Faculty  Interview   A Publication of FacultyClub.Org FCO
  2. 2. When  preparing  for  an  interview  for  a  faculty  posi+on,   you  may  encounter  ques+ons  that  directly  apply  to   your  experience  as  a  faculty  member,  or  ques+on  your   ability  to  teach.  Here  are  some  +ps  to  help  you  stand   out  from  the  crowd,  and  showcase  your  best  skills.     Introduc+on     FCO
  3. 3. “One important key to success is self confidence. An important key to self confidence is preparation.” -­‐  Arthur  Ashe  
  4. 4. CHAPTER ONE HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR THE INTERVIEW? FCO
  5. 5. Prepare for the Interview Learn  about  the  university  or  college.       •  Visit  the  university’s  web  site:   Learn  about  their  mission,  vision,   degree  programs  and  student   demographics.       Physically  prepare     •  Get  plenty  of  rest:  Even  if  your   interview  is  over  the  phone,  you   will  need  to  physically  prepare  and   get  plenty  of  rest  and  nutri+on.     •  Dress  for  success:  Regardless  of   how  the  interview  is  held  (phone,   in-­‐person,  or  Skype),  dress  for   success  and  feel  your  best.       Prac+ce  your  answers     •  Think  about  what  will  be  asked:   Prac+ce  your  responses  to   common  ques+ons.  Enlist  the  help   of  a  friend  or  family  member  to   help  you  prac+ce.     ONE     Congrats. You have an interview!
  6. 6. CHAPTER TWO POTENTIAL INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FCO
  7. 7. Potential Questions Describe  your  teaching  style  and  your   philosophy?       •  Be  clear  with  your  answer.  Know   why  you  love  to  teach.  It  is  helpful   to  write  out  your  teaching   philosophy  before  hand,  and   provide  it  to  your  interviewer.       What  is  your  teaching  experience?     •  Expand  on  all  your  courses  that  you   have  taught  as  well  as  what   learning  plaOorms  you  have  used.     •  Talk  about  your  classroom   management  strategies,  and   elaborate  on  how  you  meet  all   classroom  facilita+on  expecta+ons.         What  professional  developments  have   you  been  involved  in  recently?     •  Relay  all  of  your  professional   development  pursuits.  Faculty   training  cer+fica+on  programs  are   ideal.     TWO     Common Interview Questions For Faculty Members How  does  your  personal  style  of   instrucBon  can  benefit  our  students?     •  Give  specific  examples  of  what  you   do  in  the  classroom  to  help   students  meet  learning  objec+ves.       How  do  you  handle  disrupBve  or   difficult  students  in  the  classroom.       •  Tread  carefully  when  asked  this   ques+on.  It  is  important  to  focus   on  posi+ve  ac+ons  in  the   classroom,  not  nega+ve  ones,  that   can  improve  student  engagement.   The  rule  here:  always  correct  in   private  and  praise  in  public.       Tell  me  about  a  Bme  you  helped   leverage  technology  in  your  classroom   to  meet  learning  objecBves?     •  Relay  how  you  appease  different   learning  styles  through  the   integra+on  or  mul+-­‐media,  audio,   and  online  web  sites  and   applica+ons.    
  8. 8. More Potential Questions How  do  you  adjust  your  teaching  style   to  help  a  student  that  is  unprepared   or  unmoBvated?     •  Clearly  state  that  you  make  an   effort  to  always  help  students   before  it  is  too  late,  and  that  you   consistently  monitor  classroom   ac+vity.  Discuss  a  +me  when  you   had  to  help  a  student  overcome  a   personal  challenge  in  the  classroom   and  how  you  helped  them  succeed.       The  class  that  you  are  teaching  is  an   elecBve.  How  do  you  moBvate  a  non-­‐ major  and  engage  them  in  the  course?     •  This  is  a  perfect  +me  to  share  more   with  your  interviewer  about  your   passion  for  your  field  of  study  and   also  share  measurable  strategies   for  helping  increase  engagement   through  the  use  of  personal  stories,   links  to  interes+ng  outside   resources,  and  the  use  of  the   Socra+c  method  to  help  students   reflect  on  the  material.       TWO     Common Interview Questions For Faculty Members How  do  you  ensure  academic  integrity   in  your  classroom?     •  Let  your  interviewer  know  that   academic  integrity  in  the  classroom   is  very  important  and  discuss  your   strategy  for  ensuring  academic   integrity  in  your  classroom:   1.  Let  students  know  the   academic  integrity  policy  of   the  school.     2.  Give  students  links  and   resources  such  as   plagiarism.org  and  the   Perdue  OWL.     3.  Discuss  your  strategy  for   determining  an  act  of   plagiarism  has  occurred.   How  do  you  determine   papers  are  the  student’s   original  thought.       4.  Relay  your  policies,  and   ensure  they  align  with  those   of  the  university.        
  9. 9. CHAPTER THREE WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD YOU ASK? FCO
  10. 10. Prepare your questions How  is  faculty  performance  measured,   and  reviewed?     Do  you  offer  opportuni+es  for   professional  development  for  faculty   members?     Are  adjunct  faculty  invited  to  in-­‐service   mee+ngs  and  events?     How  many  contracts  may  be  available   in  the  upcoming  year  for  this  par+cular   course?     Do  you  offer  support  to  new  faculty   members  and  help  answer  ques+ons   during  the  first  course?       What  are  the  most  enjoyable  parts  of   working  for  your  university?  Why  do   you  like  your  campus  culture?               THREE     It is important to ask questions and find out more about the position. It shows interest, and also helps you determine if the position will be a good fit.
  11. 11. CHAPTER FOUR FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR INTERVIEWER FCO
  12. 12. Follow Up with your Interviewer 1.  Before  you  leave  the  interview,  ask   about  the  next  steps.       •  This  will  help  you  understand  the   +melines,  and  the  process  for   faculty  selec+ons.     •  Ask  when  a  decision  will  be  made,   and  if  you  are  hired,  when  you   might  expect  your  first  contract.       2.  Get  a  thank  you  note  out  within  24   hours.       •  Within  24  hours,  e-­‐mail  the   interviewer  and  thank  them  for  the   interview,  and  their  +me.     •  This  is  a  good  +me  to  include  any   addi+onal  responses  to  ques+ons   that  you  did  not  fully  answer  during   the  interview.     3.  Follow  up  respecOully.       •  Periodically  follow  up,  but  do  not   become  an  annoyance.     4.  Learn  when  to  move  on.       •  Do  not  miss  a  great  opportunity,   because  you  were  too  focused  on  a   past  event.     FOUR     Develop a follow up strategy that will keep your interview in the forefront of your interviewer’s mind.
  13. 13. FACULTY CLUB CONNECTS YOU One  of  the  keys  to  FacultyClub.org  is  our  focus  on   helping  connect  people  like  you  with  jobs  and   opportuni+es  in  higher  educa+on.       Founded  by  leading  Faculty  Training  and   Development  experts,  FacultyClub.Org  will  add   immediate  value  to  your  professional  goals  with   relevant  career  informa+on  that  can  help  you   succeed.     SIGN UP TODAY Let  us  provide  you  with  the   resources  you  need  to  become  a   successful  faculty  member  in   today’s  educa+on  landscape.     @FacultyClubOrg   24600  Center  Ridge  Road,  Suite  155     Westlake,  OH  44145   440-­‐600-­‐1979    

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