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How NOT to blow an academic job interview in design, the arts or the humanities (Part 1)

This is the first of a series of short pieces that will appear on the AIGA DEC blog in the summer and fall of 2015 that are being written on behalf of emerging, university-level design educators. These posts will address issues pertinent to engaging in the academic job interview process.

What follows has been adapted from a presentation I give once per semester to soon-to-be-finished M.F.A. and Ph.D. recipients at the University of North Texas. I make this presentation with two other professorial colleagues from outside design to a (usually) large and diversely populated group of grad students as one means to help prepare them for entry into the university-level, academic job market. Much of what follows is directly relevant to emerging design educators; other portions are relevant to most people seeking full-time or part-time positions in departments that teach some forms of what many in the academy refer to as the “arts and humanities.”

Avoid ALL typos or grammatical errorrs like the ones that are occurrin’ in this sub-head in any and all presentation and correspondence materials that you plan on having anyone other than yourself see

(You shouldn’t have to be reminded of this, but I’ve seen far too many emerging university-level educators blow this to not make mention of it here. Holy sheesh, people…)

Some general-yet-crucial things to remember about interviews and presentations, in no particular order of importance:





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