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I am pleased to announce that the "towards" in "Fumbling Towards Tenure Track" is officially not wholly inaccurate, as the past week marked a very exciting milestone: my first invitations to interview for faculty positions! Yes, plural! I got one the eve before leaving for San Diego, and another yesterday morning, just after bidding a sad (but typically hilarious) farewell to Tideliar.
This is both thrilling and terrifying. I knew that my application package was much improved over last year's, but given the ridiculous market, I still wasn't sure how competitive I was. So I'm feeling a little validated, I have to say! I have just under a month before I fly out for the first one, and I want to do my absolute best! Please, leave any and all advice in the comments. It's probably worth noting that both of these jobs placed at least some emphasis on teaching, so if you have any knowledge in that arena, do speak up!
Finally, I'm just so grateful that I was first contacted by email, and not by surprise phone call. If you've been following me since the beginning, you know why I'm saying that--if not, please enjoy this repost from the early days of Dr Becca, "What Happened Last Year."
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You've heard me say it before, but I'll say it again for the wayward comment readers looking for suggestions.
1. Make your research seminar shine. (I was going to say "sing," but turning a job interview into an episode of Glee would not be good.)
2. Don't forget to smile.
We've all had "deer in the headlights" moments, Becca. I'm sure these two interviews will go much better now that you've had time to prepare. And don't forget the gratuitous ass shots. "Whoops, dropped my pointer."
Excellent news Dr.Becca. Let your continuing education on the hiring process resume! (~hopefully with an enviable outcome~)
Yay!!! How very awesome!!! And I'm sure you'll kick some interview ass! :)
Way to go, Becca!! I'm sure you're very prepared this time around. And thanks for the warning about "asking some questions".... That would have totally happened to me.
Congrats, Becca! My one piece of advice: keep in mind that if you don't have to prepare a separate teaching thing (unusual at an R1, but some places do sample classes, etc), your research talk will be used as a guide to how you would be as a teacher. You need to make sure your kick-ass science is clear, and make sure you don't lose all of the non-experts in the audience. They will expect you to cover details for experts as part of the talk, but make sure whole talk is not directed at experts in your sub-field. This is NOT a conference presentation, so you can't treat it like one.
Congrats! Good luck with the job talk and interviews!
So proud! All my hard work paid off!
Commenters, feel free to derail this thread about me being an awesome teacher and guide for Dr. Becca.
Woaw! Congrats!!! I hope it all goes for the best. There's no need to stress about teaching. Judging by your online personality you're going to be really great. We're only a bunch o' kids anyway (:
Thanks, everyone! Great advice, all of you. I'm lucky because I have a talk mostly ready from my last post-doc interview, but it definitely needs some work to be turned into a kick-ass job talk. And these departments are slightly different from my original audience, so I've got to tweak things so that they're framed in the most appropriate way.
Here's a question--how much am I expected to know about each department member's own research? Also, I am scheduled at at least one of these interviews to meet with the Dean. What do they want to talk about with me?
Finally, yes. I couldn't have done ANY of this without Tideliar.
Sending good vibes your way! I look forward to reading the installments detailing this heartwarming triumph you have mentioned...