Category: Faculty Applicant

The Faculty Interview Presentation

This is it, the Big One.  Probably the most important hour you spend during your interview, possibly the single most important determinant of you getting a job as a faculty member.  The letter of application and CV just get you in the door and your references just prove you’re not a monster. The decision to

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What Questions Will They Ask During My Faculty Interview?

In contrast with vet school interviews, where the questions can be all over the place, the questions for faculty interviews are usually pretty similar.  Here are the important ones I can think of. “Why do you want to work here?”  This is almost always asked during an interview, often repeatedly by a variety of people. 

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What Mindset Should You Have When Applying to Faculty Jobs?

Opinions on this may differ, but I wanted to share with you my philosophical approach to applying to faculty jobs.  It can be summarized pretty easily: don’t bluff and be genuine. This can be harder to do than it sounds. Academic institutions have interesting, but fairly consistent, approaches to salaries and raises.  There is usually

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Faculty Negotiations: The Phone or The Computer

Negotiating for a faculty position can be a stressful experience.  There is a lot riding on decisions made in a short span of time. Fortunately, you can get everything in writing and make sure all is well with a simple rule of thumb: chat on the phone, negotiate via email. Many people think of negotiations

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Behind the Scenes: How I Read a Faculty Application

You want to create the best possible application.  Providing you insight into my process of reviewing an application for a faculty position may help improve it.  Fortunately, the competition for most veterinary faculty positions isn’t particularly fierce, so you are rarely competing against many applicants.  Remember, the purpose of an application for a faculty position

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Behind the Scenes Series

I thought it would be valuable to share my own methods with how I evaluate applications for vet schools, internship, residency, and faculty positions. As always, evaluators are a widely varied lot and many may disagree with me on some of these points. Many of my colleagues share my opinions, too. Take the perspective with

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What Do You Say During Faculty Interviews

Beyond just chit-chatting with people during your interview what, exactly, do you say?  How do you present yourself in the most realistic light? I don’t say ‘most positive’ light because I believe you need to be authentic during your interview.  If you present yourself as different than you are, you may lead to a bad

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Sample Vetducator Corrections for 2019 Letters of Intent

I thought I would share with you the way I have worked with students in the past and the sorts of comments I provide.  In general, I try to offer the writer the perspective an evaluator will have. This sometimes comes off as blunt, but I’m trying to genuinely share what goes through my mind. 

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Effectively Manage Transition Between Positions

Moving on from one step of your professional life to the next is exciting!  You’re going forward, pursuing your passion, hopefully at an institution you like.  There is invariably downtime between positions and there are important Work and Life details you need to take care of.  We are in the middle of a move as

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Biggest Mistakes Made During the Faculty Search Process

Possibly due to poor preparation, possibly due to nerves, and possibly due to ignorance, people applying for and interviewing for faculty positions routinely make mistakes.  Most of them are minor, some of them are major. Here are some I have seen (and a few I’ve done myself). Hopefully, by reading this you can avoid them.

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