The Job Search Application Materials Application Materials Cover letter Curriculum Vitae Research Statement Teaching Philosophy Statement Letters of Recommendation Recent Survey Results * Information from upcoming AMS Notices article ―Valuing and Evaluating Teaching in the Mathematics Faculty Hiring Process‖ by Derek Bruff How do schools evaluate teaching? * Information from upcoming AMS Notices article ―Valuing and Evaluating Teaching in the Mathematics Faculty Hiring Process‖ by Derek Bruff How useful do search committees find the application materials? * Information from upcoming AMS Notices article ―Valuing and Evaluating Teaching in the Mathematics Faculty Hiring Process‖ by Derek Bruff Letters of Recommendation Give your writers lots of information Tell them your career goals Tell them the types of schools to which you are applying Have letters that emphasize different aspects – Same letter writer might write two different types of letters – Might have extra letter writers and use the most appropriate ones for your different schools Letters of Recommendation For a teaching rec - have a faculty member observe your teaching (ideally multiple times) so that they can write a letter that clearly indicates your strengths and areas of improvement For a research rec – may be helpful to give writers a mini-lecture on your results so that they have more info than just your research stmt. Letters of Recommendation Tell them what you want them to emphasize in their letters – give them your application materials – tell them your accomplishments Let your writers know the deadlines and give them plenty of time Teaching Philosophy Statement A teaching statement can address any or all of the following: Your beliefs about the teaching and learning process Goals you have for students How specifically you enact your beliefs and goals Your growth and development as a teacher Your accomplishments as a teacher How does one write a teaching statement? Keep it brief—one or two pages. Use a narrative, first-person approach. Make it reflective and personal. Use specific examples of your practice. Demonstrate clear links between your philosophy and your actual practice. How does one write a teaching statement? Convey a sense of enthusiasm and dedication to teaching. Emphasize ways in which you are student- centered. Avoid generic, ―boilerplate‖ language. Demonstrate your excellent written communication skills. What makes a teaching statement successful? Specificity (36% of 114 survey respondents) Dedication (30%) Writing and communication skills (29%) Thoughtful reflection on one’s teaching (27%) Student-Centeredness (24%) Match with department or school (20%) Teaching Portfolio Why have a teaching portfolio? Portfolios provide documented evidence of teaching from a variety of sources The process of constructing a portfolio can help you write a meaningful teaching stmt. Portfolios can help you discuss your teaching more effectively in an interview Portfolios can showcase your strengths and accomplishments How do you develop a teaching portfolio? What major claims would you make about your teaching? – What sets you apart as a teacher? – What do you think your most important characteristics are as a teacher? – What are your teaching goals? What types of instructional methods, materials, and techniques do you use to support your teaching goals? How do you develop a teaching portfolio? Components of a teaching portfolio Teaching philosophy statement Course syllabi Student evaluations Examples of activities that make you unique and show your teaching style Many other possibilities! How do you organize a teaching portfolio? By source – Materials from oneself – Materials from one’s students – Materials from one’s colleagues Chronologically to show development over time How do you organize a teaching portfolio? By key teaching task – Course planning – Classroom practice – Evaluating student learning – Professional development * Make sure every piece of evidence in your portfolio is given context. Should you put together a teaching portfolio?
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