Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Interviewing Candidates for Teaching

Academic journal article Journal of Developmental Education

Interviewing Candidates for Teaching

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Typically, interviews of potential faculty members include a great deal of focus on the candidate's educational background and research expertise, and perhaps some locally generated information about the home campus and community. However, few allow the candidate to actually teach a class or meet with students.

Assessing the instructional abilities of candidates before deciding who should be offered a teaching position is seldom part of the interview process. However, if most of the individual's time will be spent teaching, such information may be more important than the candidate's content competence.

An article, published in The Teaching Professor, cited a list of questions used at Miami-Dade Community College to prepare faculty portfolios that assess them for advancement. Some of the questions the faculty are asked to address in a narrative submitted with their portfolio include, in part:

What challenging [instructional] goals have I set for myself?

How do I motivate students...?

How do I interact positively with colleagues and students?

How do I meet or support the individual learning needs of students?

What information do I have that shows my students' achievement or the effectiveness of my service?

Additional important questions identified in the article can and should be considered by faculty on an ongoing basis. However, they might also shed important light on teaching candidates' instructional priorities.

How do you assess student learning, and what is your justification for these approaches? …

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