While I don’t want to dictate the exact words of the questions I would ask would cover these topics:
1> Who are your mentors now? Tell me about a teacher, supervisor, colleague, etc. who helped shape who you are today. Who has a role in guiding your thinking and actions now?==================
I’m not looking for the name of a person, but the type of person and their role. I am looking for a candidate who knows when to ask for help and when to seek advice from an expert. While there are multiple right answers, someone who answers in an arrogant or haughty way would not make a good team player or good teacher for our College.
2> How would you handle the unexpected? How would you handle emergencies?
I’m looking for someone who plans for contingencies and knows what do when the situation is urgent. Answers could include, “it depends on the emergency.” In that case give an example and ask what they would do.
3> How do you overcome or compensate for your limitations? Since I want people who can recognize they can’t do everything, they should learn to compensate. For example someone who can’t spell well should learn to ask someone to proof-read any document, assignment, etc. “I don’t… very well. “ is not an excuse.
4> How do you plan to keep learning and maintain current knowledge in your field? In other words what is your learning plan? Everyone in the College needs a learning plan. Depending on the answer, the search committee may educate the candidate to the need for continuous learning and improvement or say this person is not for our College.
5> Ask questions related to diversity, variant opinions, and multiple right answers. Candidates should be comfortable in a diverse population. Diversity takes many forms. It is not just about the diversity of the backgrounds, cultures, and origins of the students and faculty. Academic pursuit of excellence is about the search for truth. We need to agree about the goals, but there could be many paths, options and opportunities.
6> At the community college level we are not as concerned with publications as a research university, but we are looking to see how the candidate’s work has improved over time. Has the person matured personally and academically? Does the person see both the big picture and small picture of their academic discipline? Does the candidate know how their subject fits into a full curriculum?
Has the candidate’s work matured, advanced beyond elementary questions, and focused on issues of wisdom and consequence? Hopefully these questions will help find the best new faculty who can follow the College's goals and teach with excellence and distinction.
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