Over at her blog, Science Professor considers whether taking a short-term, non-tenure-track teaching position might be of benefit to a person seeking a tenure-track appointment. "I think the experience can be useful," she says. "You can make all sorts of newbie mistakes ... and then, if you do get a TT [tenure-track] job, you will be awesomely prepared and ready to roll — at least in terms of teaching." Additionally, by taking a short-term position, people can get a sense of whether that particular type of institution "is a good fit," or whether they "want to run screaming away from that place as soon as you are able." While it's not a permanent solution, short-term positions can be valuable, Science Professor says. "Check the place out, check the people out, get some teaching experience, and get some visibility," she adds.
Make Mistakes, Find that Good Fit
Jun 28, 2011