I got short-listed for an interview. I will have to give a 15 minutes presentation and I need to address 1) past and present research; 2) future research; 3) teaching plans.

About the position: I need to provide 6 hours of tutorials per week; organise lectures and practical classes in a specific module; produce lecture/class notes, course materials, reading lists, and reference guides; undertake advanced academic study; undertake academic research; identify sources of research income and make applications to secure it; write research articles.

The teaching component only lasts for 8 weeks for the entire year - the rest of the year is dedicated to the tutorials and research. What are they expecting me to present in 15 minutes regarding my teaching plan? Should I go in with the assumption that I have to design a full course all by myself (even though in reality this will be coordinated with other lecturers as well)?

For clarification, the position is being advertised for a particular module only. I'm not supposed to help with several different courses, just with the one that they are advertising.


You can always ask if they can give you any further guidance about what they are looking for in the 'teaching' part of the presentation. I imagine this is also somewhat field-dependent: what is expected in a humanities department may be rather different from what is expected in a lab-based science area. However, generally people:

  • Summarise what teaching they've done in the past, highlighting anything impressive (positive student outcomes, innovative approaches to teaching...);
  • Identify which aspects of the department's current courses they could contribute to, and particularly any areas where the department is currently lacking expertise (tactfully!);
  • Perhaps sketch an idea for a new course that they'd like to put together if they got the job.

In a 15-minute talk, one slide on each of the above is probably a reasonable starting point.

In response to OP's clarification that the advertised position is specific about the module to be taught: I think the same general points apply, but you should focus a bit more specifically on that module: Why is it important? How would you approach teaching it? What makes your version of that module better than the other candidates' versions? However, I don't think it ever hurts to show versatility: don't focus on that module to the exclusion of all others.

  • Thank you for your answer. I now see that my question wasn't clear on one point. That is, I'm not supposed to suggest in which courses I can provide some help because the position is for a particular course. That is, they don't expect me to teach any other modules except the one that the position has been advertised to. Does that change your answer?
    – GWasp
    May 20 '20 at 9:02
  • Now with update.
    – avid
    May 20 '20 at 9:13

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