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Obtaining a Faculty Position at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI)

Version 1 : Received: 7 December 2020 / Approved: 9 December 2020 / Online: 9 December 2020 (12:15:53 CET)

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King-Smith C, Lund Dahlberg CL, Riggs B. Obtaining a faculty position at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI). BMC Proc. 2021 Jun 22;15(Suppl 2):3. doi: 10.1186/s12919-021-00207-6. PMID: 34158042; PMCID: PMC8217975. King-Smith C, Lund Dahlberg CL, Riggs B. Obtaining a faculty position at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI). BMC Proc. 2021 Jun 22;15(Suppl 2):3. doi: 10.1186/s12919-021-00207-6. PMID: 34158042; PMCID: PMC8217975.

Journal reference: BMC Proceedings 2021, 15, 3
DOI: 10.1186/s12919-021-00207-6

Abstract

Scientists who hope to obtain a faculty position at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) need a distinct skill set and outlook on their future teaching and research career. To obtain a position at a PUI, candidates should 1) design a strategy for obtaining a faculty position that suits each individual’s career goals and aspirations, 2) prepare for the application process, on-campus interview, and contract negotiations, and 3) plan a strategy for the probationary period leading up to tenure and promotion. Given the different types of PUIs, candidates need to consider whether they seek a position that consists of all or mostly all teaching, or both teaching and research. Candidates should educate themselves on the expectations at PUI’s, including current thought, practice, and aspirations for science pedagogy, and gain teaching experience prior to seeking a suitable position. If the candidate’s goal is a position with both teaching and research, it is important to discuss with the current research mentor what projects the candidate can take with them to their new position. The candidate should also consider what types of projects will be successful with undergraduate student researchers in a PUI research environment Importantly, candidates should clearly demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in their teaching, research, and outreach, and application materials should demonstrate this. On interviews, candidates should be knowledgeable about the mission, values, and resources of the institution and how the candidate will contribute to that mission. Once hired, new faculty should discuss a formal or informal mentoring plan during the probationary period that includes peer evaluations on a regular basis, and maintain communication with the department chair or designated mentor regarding teaching, research, and service activities.

Subject Areas

PUI; careers in science; primarily undergraduate institution

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