Disclaimer: There are other questions asking for general advice on a teaching demonstration during faculty interviews. My inquiry is more specific:

In the US, some colleges, which have a heavy focus on teaching, require candidates for a faculty position to give a teaching demonstration as part of the on-campus interview. This teaching demonstration is usually given to students. Typically, the students fill out a questionnaire after the teaching demonstration to evaluate the performance of the faculty candidate. I believe the questions on such questionnaires are different from a real teaching evaluation (the ones given to students at the end of a semester/quarter to evaluate the performance of their professors).

What are some examples of questions students are asked to answer during a teaching demonstration?


I'll have to speculate and extrapolate a bit here, but perhaps can give a bit of guidance.

Since the time is short, the student's can't be probed very deeply for the level of instruction you provided, unless you were given a topic beforehand and the students were primed to know what it was.

But if teaching is a big part of the job then the ones making the decision will want to know how you are perceived by the students. Are you friendly? Are you clear? Did you prepare? Can you respond to questions? Are you overly pedantic? Are you precise at the expense of clarity? Can you give any actual insight into the topic at hand, rather than just detail? Are you excited? Are you boring? Are you comfortable in front of them? Do you seem to know what you are talking about? Are you confident?

I doubt that those will be the actual questions, but that is most likely what the hiring committee will want to get an idea about. The actual questions might, in fact, be free form: "What do you think about the candidate?". But, hopefully, the answers will give a sense about the above issues.

You should try to get a sense beforehand about what the conditions are? How many students? What level(s)? Of course the hard part is that it is often the first meeting with a new class that is the hardest. That makes such things especially fraught.

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