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Can a rubric help with faculty hiring?

Rubrics seem to be all the rage these days, whether they are appropriate or not. A rubric is simply a system for assigning points to different aspects of an assignment. They can be very useful for communicating to a student … Continue reading

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Explain the oddities on your resumé or we’ll make something up

You have a four year gap in your timeline. Please explain it or we might think you were in prison instead of simply taking time out for family. Your job is in Houston but you are living in Boston. Don’t … Continue reading

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How to make your application stand out among hundreds

Who are you? What have you done? How do you compare to our metrics? Can you make it easier for us to find this out? I am getting very cranky because I am spending my weekend reading file after file … Continue reading

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Hurry! We have an opening at Wash U for an ecologist in any specialty!

Please share this exciting position for a tenure track ecologist of any flavor! We have a great group and are in a world clss city! Join us! Below is the advertisement.   Washington University in St. Louis Department of Biology … Continue reading

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Apply for our job in evolutionary genomics!

I hope by now you have your research and teaching statements ready for the hiring season. I hope you are not trying to think about where you might fit, but are leaving that for when you have offers. Just send … Continue reading

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Tips for job applicants: why we don’t agree on the top candidates

Here are the steps we take in choosing whom to interview, in case you are just tuning in. First, each person on the search committee read about a third of the applicants. Two people read each applicant. Then each reader … Continue reading

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Update on phone interviews: a list of actual questions!

Here’s a list of actual phone interview questions, kindly provided by a colleague who just shone on a phone interview. He said it helped a lot to practice and to have some notes written out, though he did not use … Continue reading

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Best powerpoint tip: black writing on a white background

The tools you have in Powerpoint or Keynote can be intoxicating. You can give a purple on green talk. You can have the new slide zoom in from any direction. You can make every slide with a different background. You … Continue reading

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Tips for job applicants: what we want to hear on the phone interview

Against all odds, you have an interview! Don’t order the spinach salad! Oh, wait, it’s a phone interview? Hmm, how does that work? I remember a giggly trans-ocean interview from Rice in which the faculty all crammed into my office … Continue reading

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Tips for job applicants: we ranked into categories, not into a line

Even the most collegial people can get stubborn if they feel they are not being respected sufficiently, or if they feel they are being ignored. This is a dynamic that serves no useful purpose on a search committee, so I … Continue reading

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