I have been asked to participate in a Skype interview for an academic position in a STEM field. One focus of the institution is innovative and non-traditional teaching methods. This is the first interview/contact after submitting my application package.
The Skype interview is scheduled to last 15 minutes. As part of this interview I have been asked to teach something I am "passionate about" in only three minutes.
I am struggling with what the evaluation criteria might be for such a short demonstration. If I were evaluating a short teaching demonstration, these are the things that I would be looking for:
- the ability to communicate in the language of instruction
- the ability to engage students
- use of appropriate visuals
- including an interactive or active learning segment
- checking up on the audience to see if they are understanding the lesson
However, I don't see how I could authentically include the last three items in a 3-minute lesson.
What do you think would be the search committee's evaluation criteria?
Should I try to incorporate active learning and visuals?
Is it appropriate to ask what the evaluation criteria are?