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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
MSU Union, Parlors A,B, C
sponsored CAFFE & PREP

CAFFE MINI INSTITUTE: Mastering the Interview & Securing Positions at 2- and 4-Year Institutions

What type of academic position would you like to have after completing your degree or post-doc? What are the expectations for applicants at different kinds of institutions, and what are the potential career trajectories you might have at these institutions?
In this interactive workshop, you will learn about the academic cultures at a variety of institutions, and about how to tailor your application and interviewing strategies to these different settings. The morning session will feature panelists who are administrators and faculty members from community colleges, liberal arts colleges, colleges with religious affiliations, universities with historically specialized missions, and research extensive universities. They will discuss what they look for when they are screening applications and what interviews look like on their campus, as well as expectations for tenure and promotion. Panelists: Dr. Karen Klomparens (MSU, Dean of the Graduate School), Dr. Michael Nealon (Lansing Community College, Chair, Humanities and Performing Arts), Dr. Mary Smith (North Carolina A&T State University, Chair, Biology), Dr. John Stevenson (Grand Valley State University, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies), Dr. Michael Stob (Calvin College, Dean for Institutional Effectiveness)

The afternoon includes two interactive breakout sessions:
Talking about Teaching: “So, what is your Teaching Philosophy?” How do you assess your students’ performances?” “Have you ever conducted formative evaluation or an SGID?” “What’s the difference between collaborative and cooperative learning?” Can you answer these questions? When should you expect to answer them in an interview? What other concerns about representing your teaching should you have when on the job market? We’ll explore many of the ways you could be confronted with these issues during your job search AND we’ll talk about ways that you can effectively negotiate these conversations, put your best teaching “foot” forward, and out-distance peers who show up to interviews unprepared to engage in meaningful dialogue about teaching. You will learn about resources to help you negotiate your own searches and get you started piecing together your teaching portfolio, which should represent your teaching life variably, meaningfully, and organically. Presenter: Kevin Johnston, Director, Teaching Assistant Programs.
Talking About Research in the Interview: Learn how to communicate your strengths and interests, set yourself apart in interviews, and get your audience excited about your work. Are you prepared for all of the venues and formats you might encounter in the job search (telephone interview, video interview, conference exchanges, campus visit)? Can you talk about your research outside your prepared job talk or research presentation? How do you respond when the Academic Dean who is not it your field asks you to sum up your research? We will explore interview strategies through discussions of video vignettes, and talk about how resources such as Interview Stream can provide helpful and immediate feedback. You will practice presenting your research to different audiences, and learn strategies for managing casual conversations on campus visits to job talks. Moderators: Dr. Rique Campa (Fisheries and Wildlife) Associate Dean, The Graduate School; Dr. Matt Helm, Director, Ph.D. Career Services; Dr. Tony Nunez (Psychology and Neuroscience), Associate Dean, The Graduate School; Dr. Judith Stoddart (English), Associate Dean, The Graduate School. Limit: 150