by Julie Dodd
For graduate students, a strategic aspect of applying for faculty job positions can be reading job announcements several semesters before actually applying for faculty jobs.
By reading job announcements, you can get a better perspective of what faculty jobs include.
- What is the job title — assistant professor, associate professor, visiting professor, lecturer, adjunct, etc. — and is the position tenure-track or not.
- What academic degree is required — or preferred.
- What classes will you be asked to teach.
- What is the course load — meaning how many courses will you teach each semester.
- Will you be expected to develop new courses.
- Will you be expected to conduct research, and, if so, how will that be assessed.
- Will you need to write grants.
- What are the service expectations, including serving on committees.
- Will you be an academic advisor for students.
- Will you serve on thesis and dissertation committees.
- Will you advise student media or student organizations.
- Would you be expected to lead a study abroad group?