Describe your research. What are you currently working on?
Tell us about your dissertation or main research project.
- What is the two-sentence pitch?
- What is the paragraph (elevator speech) pitch?
- What is the five-minute pitch?
Why does your dissertation or main research projects research question need to be asked? Why is that question important?
What is the theoretical basis for your dissertation or main research project?
Are you applying someone elses theory to your dissertation or research?
How did you construct the framework for your dissertation or research project?
In what ways does your dissertation or research project contribute to the field?
What will your next major project be?
What are you currently working on?
Why is your research important?
Isnt your work rather esoteric? (How does what you do matter?)
How did you choose this topic?
How have your research interests evolved in the past two or three years?
What else can we expect from your research beyond what youve presented in your research talk?
How does your research relate to what is currently going on in world events?
Ive seen that youve published an article on ____. Can you tell me about it?
What audience are you addressing in your dissertation or research project?
Can you defend your research in a way that shows it is ready for publication?
Who are the other scholars in your field? How does your work fit in with theirs?
What recent books have been publicized in your field? How does your work fit in with theirs?
What journals do you regularly read? What journals have you submitted work to?
How would you define the curricular paradigm in your field?
What do you think of _____ book? article? (Could potentially come up with any relevant work in your field)
What is the cutting edge research in your field? How does your work extend it?
Can you explain the value of your work to an educated layperson?
Tell me about the work on (scholar you dont know/book you havent read).
What is the most significant piece of research that you have read in the last year?
How does your work complement work in other subfields?
What is the value of interdisciplinary work? Is your work interdisciplinary?
Do you plan to apply for research funding? How would you go about doing so?
Do you think you can get external funding to support your research? Which sources?
What grants do you plan to apply for?
How will you seek funding to support your research?
Tell me about your publication plans.
In what journals do you plan to submit your research?
What is your three-year plan?
What is your five-year plan?
What do you expect to have accomplished in the next 10 years?
Can you place yourself within the broader theoretical trends in the field?
Could you conduct research from our library?
What online database do you regularly access?
What methodology is best? Have you used ____ methodology?
What are your specific strengths in methodology?
What is your training in quantitative methods? qualitiative methods? research design?
What is the relationship between your teaching and research?
How do you anticipate being able to be a productive researcher while teaching a full load?
Tell us about your research agenda?
- Which papers have you written?
- Which papers have you submitted?
- Describe your works-in-progress.
- What is a next-step paper that you are ready to prepare?
Can you recommend others in the discipline who would make for an interesting lecture series in our department?
How do you interact with political science outside of your own specific interests? How engaged are you with the discipline?
What about the alternative measures that you may or may have not considered in your research?
What are you strengths/weaknesses in research?
How will you go about revising your dissertation for publication?
What do you need to do in order to revise your dissertation into a book?
Where and how do you plan to publish the dissertation?
What will your next project be after the dissertation?
Besides your dissertation, what else are you currently working on?
Where are you in your dissertation writing?
- Will you be able to file before a certain date?
- Do you have a specific deadline?
- Can you specify a detailed timeline?
What is your teaching philosophy?
- What is your two-sentence pitch?
- What is the paragraph (elevator speech) pitch?
- What is the five-minute pitch?
Tell me about your teaching style.
What kind of a teacher are you?
Do you see yourself primarily as a researcher or a teacher?
Articulate a teaching philosophy that shows you are familiar with pedagogical problems that arise in a university/college.
Tell us how you would teach the introductory course in your subfield.
- How does your approach differ in an introductory course versus an upper-division course?
- What text do you use in the introductory course?
- Do you take a traditional approach in this class? Or does your approach differ from the norm in the discipline?
Are you prepared to teach a research methodology course? What would you focus on?
How have you used technology in the classroom?
How do you feel about teaching students of _____?
- Have you ever taught non-traditional students?
- Have you ever taught underrepresented populations?
- How do you manage conflicts about race, gender, religion, or ethical issues?
- How will you engage students in a civil and respectful manner?
In what specific ways does your teaching philosophy influence your teaching?
How would you describe your commitment to diversity in higher education?
What experience do you have in committing yourself to diversity?
How do you plan to stay productive while teaching a full load?
What do you think a political science major should be prepared for?
Have you had experience in mentoring students in the past?
What would you tell a non-major who sought advice in switching their major to political science? What would you tell them about the major?
How would you advise a student who came to your office asking for career advice?
How would you handle a noncommunicative student on academic probation?
How do you deal with a classroom that has varying degree of difference in preparedness?
What have you found difficult about teaching and how have you overcome that difficulty?
How do you incorporate technology in your classroom?
Have you used PowerPoint? Blackboard? WebCT? Facebook? websites?
What types of interactions with students do you feel are most productive?
Have you introduced and addressed difficult topics in your course material? (such as race, gender, and identity?)
How do you deal with defiant or apathetic students?
What should a student walk away with after taking your course?
A student has plagiarized his final paper and has gone home for the break. What would you do?
You catch a student cheating on an exam. What would you do?
Are using movies in class just a way to dumb it down?
Do you prefer essays or exams?
What is an example of an essay question that you would assign a class?
What do your exams look like? Do you prefer multiple choice, short answer, or essays?
What was your most embarrassing experience in the classroom?
What was the worst experience did you have in the classroom? Why was it so bad? How did you handle the problem?
Give me an example of a time that you encountered a difficult situation in the classroom. How did you cope with that?
We see that you have only been trained at a liberal arts/research university. How do you think you will make the transition to a school like ours?
You are used to a school with a large/small student population. Are you prepared to face the challenges at this particular institution?
What courses in our catalog, do you think you are prepared to teach?
Given the courses in our catalog, what courses do you think you can develop on your own?
What textbooks do you use for ________ course?
Describe a course that you are eager to develop. .
- What are the key themes of the course?
- How would you defend teaching a whole course on ____?
- Should ____ be taught in a political science department?
- Can you identiy at least three undergraduate courses you would teach?
- Can you build upon ______; the department initiative that we recently took up to address ______?
- Can I describe an innovative assignment that I would implement in the course?
- How does the course meet the departments instructional goals?
If you had to teach an entire course based on one book written in the last 50 years, which book would you use?
What course are you most comfortable teaching?
What is your favorite or most effective active assignment in a course?
What is your dream course?
Do you share your writing with your students?
Do you share your research with your students?
Can you think of ways that you could include your students in your scholarship?
What have the students at your graduate institution been like?
How does an upper-division course differ from a lower-division course?
We require ____ for a major. I think we should keep it, but John thinks we should get rid of it. What do you think?
What courses should be required of majors and why?
A student of mine is thinking about specializing in your area. Why should she?
What have you learned from your teaching evaluations?
Can you teach interdisciplinary courses?
What classes have you taught in the past?
How do you generally structure your courses?
Give me an example of innovation in the classroom.
Give me an example of how you would communicate a confusing or difficult topic to freshmen.
If your students could tell us something about you, what would they say?
What are your strengths/weaknesses in teaching?
Questions about university life
What questions do you have about our university?
What can we tell you about our department/school?
Which faculty do you think your interest might mesh with? Who can you see yourself working with?
Why should we hire you?
What motivates you?
Why do you want to work at ________?
Why are you interested in working for our department?
Why would you be a good colleague?
What would you bring to this program?
Do you work well in groups? Or do you prefer to keep to yourself?
How would you feel transitioning between your institution and our insititution?
What did you think about your graduate program?
- If youre just graduated, how will you make the transition from grad student to professor?
What do you expect out of us if you are hired?
What are the strengths of your graduate training and what are the weaknesses?
Ideally, if you had your wish, what sort of program would you be at now?
What extracurricular activities are you interested in participating in?
- Can you see yourself leading this group or club on campus?
What do you do when youre not working?
What are your hobbies?
Do you understand the mission of our university? of our department?
How long do you really plan to stay at our university?
How would you feel living in our city?
How do you like living in ____? Do you think you would like to live in _____?
Why do you want to become a professor? Why are you in academia?
What do you know about our school?
We are trying to start a ______ program. What do you think the program needs?
Have you served on any department or university communities in the past?
Have you done any community outreach?
Questions That You Can Ask
How is the university administration organized?
Who are the administrators of the school? What are their responsibilities?
What does the organizational flow look like at the university level? department level?
How are departmental decisions made?
How often are department meetings held?
What types of decisions are made in departmental meetings?
What is the nature of the tenure review process?
Who gets to vote on tenure?
What is the research expectation for tenure? teaching expectation? service expectation?
Do faculty members publish regularly? What is some of the most recent work?
Do faculty members regularly attend academic conferences?
What is the relative importance of teaching, research, and service for tenure?
About what percent of faculty receive tenure?
What courses are you looking to develop into your curriculum?
What is the retirement program like?
What type of health benefits does the institution offer? What are the costs and benefits?
Does the school have a study abroad/Washington/political externship program? What is the standard for long-term initiatives?
How has the department changed in the last 5-10 years? Where is the department going?
What is the departments relationship with the college? with the university?
What are the departments research strengths and weaknesses?
What are the departments plans for growth and hiring?
How does the department and university support the improvement of teaching?
What is your students population like?
What are some common challenges with students?
Can grants be used to supplement salary?
What type of health program exists? What are the costs and benefits?
How many undergraduates are in the department?
Is there a political science club? Model UN? Washington DC program? Young Democrats/Young Republicans Club?
Do faculty regularly advise students?
What is the policy for office hours? Are doors generally open or closed during the day?
What types of careers do students undertake after graduation?
What types of technology are available in the classroom? to students?
How well does the library meet departmental needs?
Does the department acquire research databases routinely?
What kind of office support does the department offer?
Is there a research office on campus that helps with grants?
Is outside grant support essential for promotion and tenure?
What kinds of financial support are available for research and supplies?
What are you hoping that this hire can do for your department?
Is this a new position? If not, why did the faculty member leave?
Why did your last faculty member leave?
What types of service do members of the department typically engage in?
Are you interested in diversity outreach?
What kinds of travel and research money might there be within the university?
What types of courses might I be expected to teach?
Does the department develop its share of resources from the university?
What new areas of curriculum has the department been developing?
How do courses get approve to be on the curriculum?