Cover or Application Letter for a Teaching Job by jra17057

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  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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