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Should one always write a teaching statement when applying for faculty positions, even when not explicitly asked for in the job post?

If it depends on the field and/or type of university, please specify. If it matters, I'm applying to Physics departments in universities which primarily emphasize research, which already require (at least) a CV, research statement, cover letter, and letters of recommendation.

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    If you're unsure, just send an email to the search committee. – David Ketcheson Jan 15 '16 at 8:54
  • There was a study done on this, which i do not have on hand. The answer is yes they are expected. – Anonymous Physicist Jan 15 '16 at 9:31
  • @anonymousPhysicist: was the study done in rhe us, or worldwide? – user111388 Jul 31 at 16:38
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I don't think you need to include a teaching statement if one is not explicitly requested. However, you should be very clear in your application materials about what courses you want to teach and/or are willing to teach. That is usually the information we are looking for when we ask for that document.

Including a teaching statement when one is not requested is probably not going to be a negative (most applications we get have just been sent out in bulk, and many places require one) unless someone on the committee is exceptionally nit-picky. But if that is the case, do you really want that person as a colleague?

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