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I have a TT job phone interview for a small liberal private college in my home state.<br><br>
Okay - what do I do now?? It's on Thursday. I research the heck out of them, take good notes, and what do I say or not say? What kind of questions can I expect/prepare for?
 

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<a href="http://www.socwomen.org/about/heyjane21.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.socwomen.org/about/heyjane21.pdf</a><br><br>
this might help! it has lots of good advice on how to do a phone interview.<br><br>
good luck<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/goodvibes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Goodvibes">
 

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that's nice! I wish I knew someone in my field that could help me practice. Interviewing for a small liberal arts school is a lot different than my current R1. I'll brainstorm a bit and see if I can come up with something.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">that's nice! I wish I knew someone in my field that could help me practice. Interviewing for a small liberal arts school is a lot different than my current R1. I'll brainstorm a bit and see if I can come up with something.</div>
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One thing that will be different from an R1... make sure you can talk about how to integrate undergraduates into your research. Not just in a vague way, but with specifics (here are some projects I can see undergraduates working on...). Think about which courses you are interested in/can teach (including introductory courses). How do you fit into their existing expertise? What can you offer that is new and exciting? How might you integrate your research into your teaching? What is your teaching philosophy? And how do you carry that out in the classroom?<br><br>
They want to have a feel for what you would be like as a colleague, too, so be yourself. And also make sure you have questions ready for them! This is your chance to find out more about them.<br><br>
They shouldn't ask personal questions, and you shouldn't offer any information up on this front (kids, trailing spouses, etc.).<br><br>
And even if you can't have someone interview you ahead of time, you can pull together a list of questions and then practice answering them, out loud, to yourself. It helps to talk through it.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One thing that will be different from an R1... make sure you can talk about how to integrate undergraduates into your research. Not just in a vague way, but with specifics (here are some projects I can see undergraduates working on...). Think about which courses you are interested in/can teach (including introductory courses). How do you fit into their existing expertise? What can you offer that is new and exciting? How might you integrate your research into your teaching? What is your teaching philosophy? And how do you carry that out in the classroom?<br><br>
They want to have a feel for what you would be like as a colleague, too, so be yourself. And also make sure you have questions ready for them! This is your chance to find out more about them.<br><br>
They shouldn't ask personal questions, and you shouldn't offer any information up on this front (kids, trailing spouses, etc.).<br><br>
And even if you can't have someone interview you ahead of time, you can pull together a list of questions and then practice answering them, out loud, to yourself. It helps to talk through it.<br><br>
Good luck!</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: I think all this is really good advice.<br><br>
I'm currently an academic mama in Europe, so things are different here. However, I went to a small private Liberal Arts college for my BA and was the student rep on a hiring committee.<br><br>
They really really want to know about teaching -- how innovative your teaching is, how much experience you have, etc. They also will want to know about how you deal with students, how committed you are to them, and how you could come up with projects, grants, etc. to incorporate students into your own research. They may also want to hear about what you can bring to the community, not only in terms of your teaching and research, but also your interests. For example, would you want to help out with Model UN? Or go along as a chaperon on a spring break volunteer trip?<br><br>
Based on the school I attended, the hope is that a new faculty member will become an active part of the community via teaching, but also via activities with the students.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Hmm - I am going to have to think a lot about specific undergrad research projects. I think I have good strengths in teaching and teaching awards, and I am very active in my dept. But the specifics on undergraduate research - well I think there are lots of cool areas I could advise, but I'll have to think of some more specific ideas.
 

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thanks all - it went well. I think there were points that could have gone better - i rambled a bit, but I hope I am forgiven for being so nervous. I'm just glad it is over. I think I have a good chance to make it to the short list because I am probably one of the only local candidates. Hopefully they will give me a chance to make a good impression in person <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">.
 

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Good for you!<br><br>
Phone interviews are tricky - the lack of eye contact, etc. is always a little bit disconcerting. But everybody's on an even field in that respect.<br><br>
I'm glad it went well!
 
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