Questions for Phone Interviews
Sample One - Biology
1. Would you be comfortable teaching in Biology 109-110 (Cats, stats)?
2. Would you be comfortable teaching in ENVS 12?
3. Would you be comfortable teaching in BIOL 12?
4. What can you contribute to the department (and college) outside of the classroom?
5. How do you view teaching in a small college?
6. What are your expectations of this position?
7. Can you interview in the next two weeks?
Sample Two - Political Science
1. Brief explanation of Political Science 101-102 course including a description of the readings. Cite different readings based on the candidate's experience, but always at least three different assigned readings by three different authors. Choose one of these readings and discuss how you would go about teaching that reading assignment.
2. Simply describe the main themes of your dissertation.
3. How does scholarly research influence your teaching?
4. What upperclass courses would they most like to teach and why?
Sample Three - Economics
Greetings: How's your weather?
As you know, Kenyon is seeking to fill a one-year visiting position in economics. Our search committee has identified you as one of our top ten candidates. We are interviewing all ten by phone over the next two weeks, and after that we will decide which three to bring to campus for a visit. We appreciate your interest in our position and your willingness to speak with us today. Our position involves teaching 5 courses a year over two semesters. You would teach an introductory course that counts as two courses as it meets all year, and an advanced course and/or seminar in a field of special interest to you. We would like to ask you some questions now, and then leave time for you to ask any questions you might have.
1. What are you interested in teaching?
2. Please describe what a typical class period would be like in one of your courses.
3. In your teaching statement you wrote ____ could you elaborate?
4. If an undergraduate asked you to summarize your dissertation research, what would you say?
5. Schedule: This conversation has been extremely helpful to us. We will be phone interviewing candidates this week and next, after which we will decide who to invite for a campus visit. During the visit the candidate teaches a class and gives a presentation of current research. (Explain time frame). Will this time frame work for you?
6. Do you have questions of us?
Thank for your time. It has been pleasant talking with you.