I am preparing job applications for SLACs and wanted to get your take on whether to include additional evidence of teaching effectiveness. In particular, if a job ad requests a "teaching statement and student evaluations," should I also include other elements of a teaching portfolio (e.g., course syllabi, sample assignments, unsolicited feedback from students, etc.). Should I just ask the contact person (who is in HR) for the job ad? What do you think?
Date: 28 Jul 2015 21:15
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I'd say in general it can't hurt. Keep the stuff they asked for prominent and up front. They can choose to not read it if there isn't time and/or they want all applications to be equivalent. But I can say that this information was welcome on the one search committee I was on, even though we did not ask for it. And one time I provided it for a job I applied for, and in the phone interview the faculty said they loved all of the teaching information I provided. (The call was for "evidence of teaching effectiveness," I believe.)
I agree with asstprof. A well designed syllabus, thoughtful assignment prompts, and comments from students are all "evidence of teaching effectiveness."
I actually disagree with the above comments. I was always told to provide only the materials that you were asked for. In a couple of occasions I wanted to include more materials and contacted the chair and was told to stick to what is required. While it can benefit you in some occasions as asstprof mentioned, I think it's also a risk as they can view you as someone who tries to get an advantage over others. You can always mentioned that you have the other materials and will send them if needed but I would not send something that is not required.
It's a matter of proportion. Obviously, don't give them 25 pages that they didn't ask for, but if you want to structure your teaching statement to include an example prompt, a quote from an evaluation, and an abbreviated syllabus or two, while not delivering a completely bloated application, I don't see the harm.
Teaching effectiveness is the most important criteria for SLACs. If you want the job, getting an advantage over others (by showing you are the best teacher in the applicant pile) is exactly what you need to do.
i agree most with nobodaddy's approach… if there's a way to distill your "effectiveness" into fewer sheets for me to scroll through in your PDF, you're much more likely to get my attention… i.e., your 20 page syllabus IS NOT IMPORTANT… your 2 pages of your writing assignment and rubric IS.
Also, I rather read a paragraph of you describing your cool in-class project than seeing all of the slides or handouts needed to run the demo.