I am applying for a position at an SLAC that is primarily focused on teaching a core sequence for undergraduates. Therefor the talk is meant to be focused on pedagogy (sadly, my own research is not of primary interest). I have no sense of what a pedagogy talk should look like. Is this just a talk version of my teaching philosophy with some examples of assignments and like fleshing out how I'd assess student progress? How do you structure this kind of talk? Any advice appreciated.
Date: 07 Jan 2016 13:03
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I would ask them for more information because I've never heard of this before, and I only applied to SLACs / teaching-focused regional universities. On my interviews, they either required both a research talk (standard job talk you'd give anywhere) plus a teaching demo (do a lesson on either an assigned topic or one of your choice) or they required just the research talk. When they required just the research talk they said to gear it to undergraduates. Sometimes this was recommended even if they required a teaching demo as well.
If they say it's really this third entity you describe that is a pedagogy talk, I'd probably do what you're saying — a talk version of your teaching philosophy with ample examples, including demos you can do on the audience that will help them discuss a particular topic and/or remember/learn an important concept. My area is cognitive so this would actually work well for me because I could always teach them about a pedagogical technique that helps students remember, and the topic could be human memory. But assuming that's not your area, it makes it a little harder to embed the lesson in the teaching philosophy. No matter what you do, I think you need to have a demonstration of sorts so the audience can feel/experience your teaching philosophy.
Are you supposed to be demonstrating your pedagogical skills/philosophy via a teaching demo or telling them about it? I would think the former, but maybe I'm way off here. Definitely clarify the expectations prior to your visit.