I am going to apply for a visiting lecturer position at a US university. The job posting is mentioning that applicants should send (email) CV including a summary of teaching experience, and a teaching statement. I have two questions.

  1. I am confused about the part "CV including a summary of teaching experience". Does it mean the usual work experience part in the CV, or do I need to send a separate essay of "summary of teaching experience" along with CV?

  2. The posting is not mentioning anything about a cover letter. Do I need to send a cover letter anyway?


2 Answers 2

  1. From the wording, it sounds like the usual work experience section in the CV should be fine, but you should really contact them and ask.

  2. Always include a cover letter.

Never hesitate to contact people who advertise jobs for more information. It can't hurt. If anything, it helps them remember who you are.

  • Thank you. The thing is whenever I contact them they do not respond. That's why I needed help here.
    – Extremal
    May 28, 2020 at 16:19

Besides asking them about more clear instructions, I would suggest having two separate sections in your CV:

  • Teaching Experience
  • Work Experience

from that, it would be clear which positions are the teaching ones, and which are research/other.

For this type of applications, it might not hurt to expand the Teaching Experience section with slightly more details on the courses taught, like

  • title
  • graduate/undergradute
  • approximate # students
  • whether you developed the course content/course materials

Your teaching statement is a separate document.

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