Reading faculty job announcements and developing your curriculum vitae can help you prepare for the faculty job market — even if you won’t be applying for jobs for several semesters

by Julie Dodd

A good way to be prepared for the faculty job market when you graduate is to begin analyzing the job market and preparing your professional materials several semesters before you graduate.

How can you do that?

Create your curriculum vitae
Most graduate students have a résumé. The résumé typically includes education, work experience, specialized skills, and relevant awards and activities. The typical résumé is one page. Often getting the résumé to fit on one page is a combined effort of editing and page design.

The curriculum vitae — rather than being very condensed — is a more detailed listing of your professional life. In most CVs, the sections are: education, teaching, research (which can include research presentations, publications and grants), service, awards, and specialized skills.

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Prepare for discussion of curriculum development with readings and writing proposal for a course you’d like to develop

by Julie Dodd

Curriculum development is an important part of a faculty member’s work. Curriculum development can mean creating a brand new course, updating and revising an already existing course, or creating lesson plans, class plans or assignments and grading criteria.

We’ll talk about both the big picture of curriculum development and the specifics next week in class.

To prepare for Monday’s class (Jan. 13):

  1. Identify an undergraduate communications course that you’d like to develop. You can select a course that is offered in our college or that is offered in another communications program, or you can develop a new course.
  2. Use the template that I’ve provided to develop a proposal for the course. Bring the printed proposal to class next week. mmc6930_course_proposal_template
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Brainstorming activity helps us develop agreed-upon list of topics to challenge us during semester

by Julie Dodd

In starting the semester for a class like Mass Communication Teaching, hearing from you (the students in the course) about topics you are interested in covering is a good way to match what my plans for the semester are with what you hope you will be learning about.

From brainstorming with a partner, here are some of the topics the you said you hoped we’d discuss:

  • Fairness in grading
  • Motivating students to complete outside-of-class activities, like reading the course syllabus and reviewing rubrics.
  • Technology use in class — and keeping technology from being a distraction
  • Establishing guidelines to promote appropriate conduct in class, especially in group discussion

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