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What makes your research novel, exciting, ground-breaking or significant should be delineated in a innovative statement. How you are advancing your field by eventually accomplishing your aims.


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At certain American institutions, and especially community colleges, you will need a certain number of credit-hours of graduate course work in a certain field to get a job. Probably no exceptions are permitted. Other institutions will not care at all.


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Can the lack of credit based graduate coursework be a huge bottleneck in my future faculty applications? Can it be compensated by published works? I am not sure about positions at a SLAC or for a more teaching-oriented position, but for your run-off-the-mill tenure-track at a research university nobody will care in the first place what courses you took, or ...


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The other answer has good advice. But for a job with a research component, I'd interpret it at least partly as "How does your research synergise with our own?". Point out things that you could work together with existing staff on; areas in which you could help each other out, and things where the combination of your skills/knowledge and their skills/...


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It's possible that the question is really "What can you do to help our department achieve its goals?" To the extent that they're asking that question, you need to understand what it is that they want. You also need to let go of any preconceived notions that might have about "every college or university wants x, y, and z", because priorities really do vary. ...


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The sad reality is that even for limited-term appointments there are several 10s of candidates with PhDs willing to apply. PhD holders are now starting to apply for sessional positions, somehow cobbling together these appointments to eke out a living. Finally, a position might be advertised as teaching-only, but the possibility of continuing or ...


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How many is required and how competitive the job market is varies by time and by place. You are competing for many of the positions with people that hold doctorates. So, start with your current list but expand it as necessary. And don't apply to just institutions within a narrow range of perceived quality if you really need a job. I'd also recommend that ...


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Given normal order of a search committee, submitting toward the end of the solicitation date should do you no damage as an applicant. There are variations from normal order. For example, a very strong candidate can turn up, and that candidate might be in a position to require an immediate decision, or some sort of fast track; a committee might develop a "...


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I am a mathematician, and the optimal strategy is to wait with the application until the very last (with some comfortable margin in case of technical issues). This gives more time to do changes, and allow for inclusion of papers which change status (under review to being accepted, accepted to published, etc). There can also be personal changes (pregnancies,...


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I would say this depends on the department and their hiring practices, but in my department (math at a public US research university) applying early can definitely give you a leg up. In math in the US, there is a centralized application system (mathjobs.org) that most places use, and in my department all faculty get access to start looking at applications ...


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A rather different angle on the question: From the way you phrased the question, I doubt that the deadline is three months away, and you are deciding whether to write the application now or to put it off and do some interesting research instead. Instead, I imagine that the deadline is very near, and the decision is whether to apply at all. If I am right, ...


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Extremely unlikely. More organized institutions, and especially those with a culture of "procedural fairness", may enforce the stated deadline and resist considering applications that arrive after it. Certainly those that arrive significantly late, and possibly literally to the second. At others, the effective deadline is when the person in charge gets ...


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The only applications that tend to be affected by time are those that arrive after the stated closing time. I have never heard of or seen any system of application sorting involving those who submitted first or last past the post. However, my experience is limited, perhaps it does exist somewhere...


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This will depend on disciplines, but normally people want to see that you can yourself write, but also that you can collaborate, and that you know what it's like to write a strong paper / publish in the top venue. How many papers it takes to communicate this varies by discipline and person. Note also that in some disciplines having a single male author ...


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Actually, your record is what it is. So a theoretical answer is of little use to you now, unless you have time to change things. I'd recommend that you apply for positions that you find interesting, and make your application as positive as you can. There is, in most fields, an advantage in collaborative work, especially for a junior faculty member. In ...


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Some universities have a center or organization for teaching, which can provide resources for getting started. You might also check out https://opensyllabus.org/


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Some do teaching as part of their Masters or PhD studies. Others do a teacher training course before, or after, Masters or PhD. Some do teacher training without wanting to do a Masters or PhD and teacher training courses can be short (about 1 year) or longer.


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In the United States, the closing date for applications is generally set at the level of the university, not by the department. If you missed the deadline, you will have to wait until next year to apply. I'm not aware of any exceptions being made to an application deadline.


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If you have an honest question about the position that you think the dean is best to answer, by all means, contact them. Questions that clarify the role and, crucially, prevent you from potentially wasting the panel's time of you aren't right for the job or vice versa, are normal. However if the dean is either not the named contact for the position or you ...


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