Academic Interviews: Teaching Questions (Part 2 of 3)

This is a three part series focusing on questions that are often asked during academic interviews. Last week’s set was standard interview questions. This week the questions are related to teaching. They are from a larger set taken from the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo. To see the full set of questions click here.

  • What is your philosophy of teaching?
  • Could you tell us about your teaching experiences?
  • What do you consider to be your teaching strengths/weaknesses?
  • What classes could you teach in our program?
  • How would you evaluate student learning?
  • How do you bring diversity into your day to day teaching?
  • How have you used technology in the classroom?
  • How would you teach a major work in your field? (The hiring committee may name one)
  • What experience have you had teaching at the community college level? How, if at all, do you think teaching at a community college differs from teaching at a four year college or university?
  • What is your favorite lecture and why?
  • If you have no industry experience, how do you expect to be able to teach students about the field if you have never worked in it?
  • How do you motivate your students?

If you have an upcoming interview, practice your answers with someone who has interviewing experience and who will also be completely honest with you.

Next week is the last part of the academic interview questions series and will be about research questions.

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