Rejection Before the Hiring Interview: The Importance of Developing a Solid Teaching Philosophy

Monday, October 17, 2016, 3:30-5:00 p.m., HUB, Monongahela Room

Speakers: Alicia Pence, Joann Migyanka, Christina Huhn

The Importance of Developing a Solid Teaching PhilosophyWhat is a “Teaching Philosophy” and why is the department I am applying to want a copy? How long should it be? What should it contain? Why is it important? Your teaching philosophy is a self-reflection of your beliefs about how your teaching will enhance student learning. Enhancing student learning impacts student retention, student recruiting, and collegiality in the department. Your teaching philosophy also should discuss how your teaching and learning beliefs will be applied in the classroom. Teaching philosophies become important to search committees as it offers an unsolicited writing sample; but more importantly an insight into your attitudes, values, and beliefs about teaching and learning which will impact their students and the department should you be hired. IUP has an excellent reputation for preparing future faculty and the speakers for this session have played an important role in maintaining that reputation.

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