Job market do’s and don’ts: teaching statements

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I’d like to continue our new job-market do’s and don’ts series today by asking search committee members to weigh in on what job candidates should and shouldn’t do in teaching statements. I wrote one post on teaching statements back in 2015 in our Job Market Boot Camp, and another post in our “Notes from both sides of the market” series in 2016. But of course these posts simply reflect my own thoughts and experiences, and I think it would be good to hear from search committee members on what they think are do’s and don’ts for teaching statements. 

Are there things that you’ve seen candidates do in teaching statements that worked particularly well? Are there particular things you want to see in a good teaching statement? What about things you don’t want to see? Are there any common mistakes you’ve seen candidates make in teaching statements that you think candidates should know to absolutely avoid?

Finally, job candidates: feel free to ask search committee members in thread below any questions that you have about teaching statements (and search committees, feel free to answer)!

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