Just Kate - sorry I missed your post a month ago now. One of the best things you can do is directly call the dean. Include in your cover letter examples of your teaching experience and be as specific as you can. Our local cc tends to hire lots of folks with non traditional teaching experience for fields like nursing, massage therapy, fire squad, etc. There just aren't as many people who tend to go from well-paying science jobs and opt for cc teaching.
I'm conflicted. I'm on summer break, with a paper to finish this summer (but my advisor and coauthor is on maternity leave so I'm in a holding pattern. OK but still I'd like to move forward on it).
Yesterday I saw a job posting for a job I'd love, but it's not tenure track. It's renewable. For a (well-respected) state school in the state with the worst economy in the nation. It would start in August (I think). I'm supposed to go back to teaching at our local liberal arts branch of a massive state university system, where hopefully they will be searching for a geologist on a tenure track basis this year and hopefully I would be the person they hire. No guarantee on either end.
: Last day of school (err, kindergarten that is), dh left to grade AP exams today, and dh also got a call last night for references for an out of town job in academia
:. Today they called and wanted him to do a phone interview. I'm totally conflicted. If this had happened about 3 years ago I would have felt better, but I'm selfish and don't want to give up my current locale in favor of Fort Levinworth, KS.
I think I've decided the thing for me to do is keep my status quo, but the other sounds so dang appealing (it's in one of my favorite spots in the world). I think I'm not going to apply for it even, just so I don't have to make a decision. And then if dh gets his job, I'll stay here with kids so that we can hope the tenure track thing works out. If not, we move to flatlandia again. Blech. (By the way my only view of the entire state of Kansas has been I-70, and I viewed it as in the way of getting to Colorado. I'm sure it could be an ok place to live but there's fewer trees and fewer skiing options).