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Title: Mastering the Interview and Securing Positions at 2- and 4-Year Institutions
Date: 10/18/2014 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Fee: $10
Description: What type of academic position would you like to have after completing your degree or post-doc? What are the expectations for applicants and potential career trajectories at different kinds of institutions? In this interactive workshop, you will learn about the academic cultures at a variety of institutions, and about how to tailor your application and interviewing strategies to these different settings. The morning session will start with a video feature profile of former MSU PhDs who teach at 2- and 4-year institutions, who will describe what their faculty positions entail, and how their preparation matched with the expectations and demands of their positions. Then featured panelists who are current administrators and faculty members from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, colleges with religious affiliations, universities with historically specialized missions, and research extensive universities will discuss what they look for when they are screening applications, what interviews look like on their campus, and expectations for tenure and promotion.

The interactive afternoon session will focus on talking about research in the interview. Learn how to communicate your strengths and interests, set yourself apart in interviews, and get your audience excited about your work. Are you prepared for all of the venues and formats you might encounter in the job search (telephone interview, video interview, conference exchanges, campus visit)? Can you talk about your research outside your prepared job talk or research presentation? How do you respond when the Academic Dean who is not in your field asks you to sum up your research? How do you talk about your research in institutions where research is not the primary focus? We will explore interview strategies through discussions of video vignettes, and talk about how resources such as Interview Stream can provide helpful and immediate feedback. You will practice presenting your research to different audiences, and learn strategies for managing casual conversations on campus visits to job talks.

Dr. Karen Klomparens, Dean of the Graduate School, Michigan State University
Dr. Michael Nealon, Dean-Arts and Sciences Division, Lansing Community College
Dr. John Stevenson, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Grand Valley State University
Dr. Michael Stob, Professor of Mathematics and Dean for Institutional Effectiveness, Calvin College.

Dr. Rique Campa (Fisheries and Wildlife) Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Dr. Tony Nunez (Psychology and Neuroscience), Associate Dean, The Graduate School
Dr. Judith Stoddart (English), Associate Dean, The Graduate School.

This workshop is part of the PREP Job Search Series, and it fulfills the Certification in College Teaching Competency area "Understanding the University Context."
Location: Kellogg Center, Big Ten A
219 S. Harrison, East Lansing MI 48824

Capacity: 120
Registration is closed.

Last Modified: 12/20/2012

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