Step 1: Assess the situation

 

What is the institution/department looking for?

  • Analyze the job description for key words,
  • Contact faculty in your network to find out the information that's not listed on the job posting, such as size of start-up funds, research/teaching priorities,...
  • Read up on the department, its faculty members and on the institution itself,
  • For teaching-focused institutions, become familiar with the mission of the institution.

 

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