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On to the interview! (negotiating)

Got lots of other interviews?

Great! Mention them in conversation.

During your talk, use the microphone. use big font. invest in a powerful laser pointer.

Older faculty may have poor eyesight and poor hearing, but lots of clout in hiring decisions. Don’t rely on confirmation from the grad students in the back that they can see/hear you.

When it is your work, say “i”, not “we”.

Your interview talk is not the place to be modest. What did YOU do?

Budget:

Be prepared to talk at the end of your interview about roughly how much startup you’ll need, and what equipment that entails.
  • If you are asked to provide a budget before your interview, a good response is that you can’t provide one without being able to see the resources available at that institution and whether you would be able to use those resources, or would need to build your own.

On to the job offer! (negotiating)

Do you need daycare in a university facility?

The wait list for daycare at many universities can easily be 2 years. At some institutions you can negotiate to be at the front of the list. UW is very egalitarian, and this is not possible.

In what year/month will your appointment begin?

Are you in the middle of a fabulous postdoc project and getting data? Ask to defer your start date. The search process is so painful for departments that they’d prefer late than never. I deferred 6 months.

On what day will your appointment begin?

At some institutions, health coverage begins on the 1st of the month, so that is the day to start.

Negotiating your faculty position (teaching)

Preparing a new course consumes a great deal of energy

Can you secure a commitment in writing that you will be able to teach the same course for several years in a row? Of course, the chair may need to cancel this commitment in case of emergency (e.g. if a faculty member dies, etc.)

What will you teach?

The opportunity to teach a special topics course is often offered as a favor to new faculty. In most departments this opportunity will not arise again for several years. Evaluate:
  1. Is it being offered without strong departmental need for your course?
  2. Will it save you time, because you’ll use it to train students?
If not, consider delaying the special topics course. To amortize your effort, your course should be so good that students demand for it to be taught again.

Many departments offer a lighter teaching load during your first year

You may have flexibility in which term is light. If you are waiting for lab equipment to arrive, you may want your heaviest teaching load your 1st term.

Faculty reflect on their first year as “the busiest, most stressful year of their lives.”
R.J. Boice, Higher Education (2004), 62 , 150.

In 2006, a friend (Andri Smith, Quinnipiac) and I compiled hints we thought might make the lives of first-year faculty a bit better.
S.L. Keller and A.L. Smith, “Advice for New Faculty Teaching Undergraduate Science,” J. Chem. Ed. (2006) 83 , 401-406.

If you want a copy and can’t find one in your own library, contact me: slkeller (at) chem (dot) washington (dot) edu.

Questions & Answers

Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
research.net
kanaga
sciencedirect big data base
Ernesto
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
hi
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