Thursday, March 02, 2006

tonight, tomorrow, and the next day

Done Today
  • studied faculty bios, researched interdisciplinary research centers and relevant other departments' faculty
  • came up with a rough wish list for start-up costs
  • delved into the byzantine and bizarre world of federal funding opportunities
  • made multiple copies of CV and gathered together transcripts, teaching evaluations, course syllabi, manuscripts
  • had a pap smear
  • printed out a few short, recent articles by search committee members and potential collaborators (to skim later?)
  • study up a few more faculty profiles (my goodness this is a huge department - 2-3 times the normal size for my field)
  • go home and walk dog, stopping to pick up a RolyPoly sandwich for dinner, supplementing with steamed spinach
  • look through the booklet on teaching philosphies that a friend lent me. try to figure out some semi-coherent answers to those inevitable teaching questions
  • try to sleep without dreaming of interview stuff
  • work on the job talk - make a pretty title slide, figure out how to integrate recent results, decide what to cut if too long
  • practice job talk
  • get a massage (2 pm)
  • study faculty bios (focusing on search committee)
  • continue to brain storm research ideas (this is the hard one)
The next day (saturday)
  • practice job talk for advisor (11 am), husband (?), dog
  • finish studying faculty bios and identify probable collaboratos
  • get cash and other sundries for trip
  • call mom and refuse to let her grill me
  • tentatively prioritize research ideas (1, 5, 10 years)
  • practice short summaries of my research (1, 3, 10 min) and interests (?)
The last day (Sunday)
  • practice job talk
  • have husband mock-interview me
  • pack (incl. extra clothes, raincoat, papers, computer)
  • anything else I haven't gotten done by then
  • take a walk with the dog and husband
  • go to bed early
Questions to You
  • Should I prepare any sort of (really sketchy) syllabi for courses I am interested in teaching? What if they are non-standard courses (i.e., can't copy anyone else)?
  • Am I missing anything?


Katie said...

Wow - out of my shamefully lazy state, I'll meekly admit I can't think of anything to add to your impressive lists. You'll be amazing! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

ScienceWoman said...

darn - roly poly closed early - now I have to go to togos (boy that's a lot of those syllables in a row)

angrygrad said...

Wow, you are meticulous! I am saving these posts for posterity.

After you are done with all this stuff, would you please post the name of that teaching philosophy book.

ScienceWoman said...

Hi angrygrad: I'm pleased to know that my to-do list is actually a help to someone else. The teaching philosophy stuff I've been reviewing tonight is based on the Teaching Perspectives Inventory. My friend went to a workshop where they talked about the 5 perspectives on teaching and I just finished the inventory on the web. It seems like the sort of thing that would be helpful after you've been teaching for a while. In fact, they recommend that you do it for each different class (or type of class) you teach, since your philosophy may be different at the non-major undergrad than the senior major or grad student level. In any case, its nice to have some vocabulary and a reason for reflection.

volcano girl said...

I am amazed by how prepared you will be! I know you want to put on your best face. But definitely remember that this interview is a learning opportunity - a chance to learn about the department and the interview process, as well as a chance to learn about yourself.

During a recent interview, I was asked, "If money was no object, what research project would you do?" After I answered, I was asked, "and what else?" .... "and what else?" .... "and what else?" .... "and what else?" ....

After a few rounds, I felt stuck and on the spot (and even forgot about several partial projects that I was working on). But I learned from that experience not to get stuck and intimidated by the questions because they may inhibit imagination and enthusiasm. Both of which I think are my strengths.

In any case, kick ass!

Anonymous said...

WOW. You are totally rockin' the interview prep process. Double kudos for remembering to take time for self-care (the massage). Did you figure out the outfit dilemma? -Li

phd me said...

Wow - you are one prepared lady! I don't think you're missing anything. As for your syllabus question: I don't know that you need to expend so much energy on creating syllabi but having a ready answer to that inevitable question would be good. "What would you like to teach?" "Why, THIS, of course!" (And now I need to figure out the answer to that question myself.)

PhD Mom said...

Wow, you are prepared! I think you'll do great. I wouldn't worry about syllubi, no one asked for that just a 2-3 sentence description of what the class would cover, the target audience, and any unusual costs (i.e., field trips, lab equipment, etc.) Best of luck girl, you deserve this job!

angrygrad said...

Thanks SW. Best of luck to you.