I am seeking some advice on how I can make myself more marketable if I do not get a job this year. I am currently a visiting professor at a selective LAC, and it is my second year. My appointment is going to end in June because I have been a sabbatical replacement for the past couple of years. I have gained a lot of great teaching experience, mentored students in research, and now it is time to move on.
This is my first time on the market, I got a few phone interviews, but nothing that materialized into an on campus interview. I am not giving up yet, but I also want to be realistic that a tenure-line job may not happen for me this year. I am mainly interested in selective-LAC, and those are the positions I had applied for. What does a person in my position do next? Specifically, what is the best alternative as the next job that will give me more experience that I can be more competitive for the next year when I am applying again? Is going to another visiting position a good idea or is it better to seek a post-doc to develop more expertise in research?
I have been observing my department recruit for a couple of tenure-line positions, and I am becoming more confused as to what search committees at selective-LAC's are looking for. Some of the candidates that were brought in had great teaching experience, with a good history of mentoring students, but others were post-docs that taught one or two courses when they were in graduate school. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated1