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Suppose you design both an upper-level undergraduate course and a graduate seminar on the same topic. What would differ in your two versions? How would you handle the material differently for those two audiences? How does your teaching philosophy influence your teaching? Do you share your own writing with students? What texts would you most like to teach? If you taught the Civil War history course, what books would you use? How would you introduce your students to using original documents? What have the students you taught been like?

Your teaching of a language? How do you introduce and address difficult topics such as race, gender, and identity in your course? How far should you go toward challenging people’s beliefs without destroying them? How do you distinguish between beliefs and prejudices? Ever since September 11th, the connection between religion and violence has been an issue. If you taught a course on this subject, what texts, films, and other materials would you use? 40 ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● SURVIVING YOUR ACADEMIC JOB HUNT Our department has not managed to build contacts with such programs as Women’s Studies and African and African American Studies.

One candidate broke into a profuse nosebleed just as she was knocking on the suite door. She had to start her interview by running to their bathroom and washing off blood while wadding up tissues to hold to her nose. This proved, in fact, to be a remarkably successful ice breaker, and her carrying on without going to pieces put her in very good standing with that committee. Interviewers have responded positively to 30 SURVIVING YOUR ACADEMIC JOB HUNT someone who burst into tears out of sheer nervousness but who explained it was just nervousness, got herself in hand, and answered the questions well.

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