Over at The Chronicle of Higher Education's On Hiring blog, Rob Jenkins shares — "at the risk of drawing back the curtain and revealing the great and powerful wizard," he jokes — tips as to the answers search committee members are looking for in response to some of the standard questions they ask candidates. When asked about use of technology in teaching, Jenkins says candidates ought to indicate "a willingness to try new things in order to meet the needs of the department." The search committee is less interested in hearing about the beta-release software package they found "last year … at DragonCon." When a search committee member asks candidates where they see themselves in 10 years, what they'd really like to know is whether the prospective assistant professors plan to stay with the institution, if hired. "What we really want to know" Jenkins says, is "are we going to have to do another stinkin' search next year?" To that, candidates should demonstrate an interest in growing their professional skills at the institution, he says, though suggesting that "I'll be running the place by then" is probably not a good idea, he adds. For the sake of subtlety, Renkins suggests that candidates respond along the lines of: "At some point, I might be interested in getting into administration, perhaps as a department chair, if there's a need, but I haven't really thought much about that yet."
Search Committees' Secrets
Apr 05, 2011