Academic Interviews: Research Questions (Part 3 of 3)

This is the last post of a three part series focusing on questions that are often asked in academic interviews.  Previously, teaching and classic interview questions were discussed.  This week common questions related to research is considered. These questions are from the Centre for Teaching Excellence at the University of Waterloo.  To find the complete list, click here.

  • Describe your current research.
  • What audiences are you addressing with your research?
  • What is the cutting edge in your field and how does your work compare to it and extend it?
  • How is your work different from the work of your PhD and/or Postdoctoral supervisor?
  • What is the broader significance of your research? How does it expand our historic understanding, literary knowledge, humanistic horizons?
  • Tell us how your research has influenced your teaching. In what ways have you been able to bring the insights of your research to your courses at the undergraduate level?
  • How would you balance your teaching duties and your own research plans?
  • Would you be able to take on a graduate student immediately?
  • Tell us briefly what theoretical framework you used in developing your research.
  • What facilities do you need to carry out your research?
  • What are your plans for applying for research funding?
  • What is the most significant piece of research that you have read in the last year?
  • What do you envision for creating a research program here? Moreover, what are your long-term research goals?

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

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