[FUN_Mail] [EXT] Re: Looking for advice on tenure track position

Luke Daniels LDaniels at collegeofidaho.edu
Thu Sep 19 17:34:53 EDT 2019

Hi - I agree with this.

I applied and got a job at a PUI, but I am pretty certain I would not have felt competitive to apply if I thought the teaching assignments were to include introductory chemistry courses (I come from a molecular biology-based Neuroscience background). Turns out I've gotten to teach all sorts of things in my 10 years, and my favorite classes are sometimes the farthest from my training. But - I think that initial stretch would have scared me off from applying.


From: FUN_Mail <fun_mail-bounces at lists.funfaculty.org> On Behalf Of Tracy M Hodgson
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Subject: [EXT] Re: [FUN_Mail] Looking for advice on tenure track position


   Maybe people feel unqualified due to the cross-disciplinary nature of the position? When I applied to my teaching faculty position at Northwestern, I was told after I got the job that few candidates applied with the right mix of qualifications - a strong neurobiology AND physiology background plus teaching experience.
Could you include the word neuropharmacology in your ad?


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From: "Raskin, Sarah A." <Sarah.Raskin at trincoll.edu<mailto:Sarah.Raskin at trincoll.edu>>
Date: 9/19/19 3:43 PM (GMT-06:00)
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Subject: [FUN_Mail] Looking for advice on tenure track position

Dear Friends,

We have a tenure track position in neuroscience and chemistry available.  For some reason we have only received a small handful of applications.  I am wondering if any of you have some insight into why that might be and what we might do differently if we have to re-do the search next year.  We have advertised it in all the usual places, as well as using Researchgate, LinkedIn, and social media, and targeted emails.

The ad is:

The Neuroscience Program and Chemistry Department seek to fill a tenure-track position in Neurochemistry. This is a joint appointment to both the Neuroscience Program and the Chemistry Department. The Neuroscience Program currently includes members from the Departments of Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy and Engineering. Both the Neuroscience Program and Chemistry Department are committed to culturally and academically diverse faculty to teach our diverse student body. The position will start in August 2020. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in chemistry, neuroscience or related field. The successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses in the Neuroscience major, introductory courses in the Chemistry major, and advanced courses in neurochemistry, and develop and maintain a productive research program in neurochemistry that involves undergraduate students. Trinity College is located in an urban environment and nearby institutions include Hartford Hospital, the Institute of Living, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, and University of Connecticut Medical School with active collaborations with Trinity faculty.

Trinity College seeks to attract a diverse faculty, is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, and actively seeks applications from women and other underrepresented groups.

Inquiries may be addressed to Professor Sarah Raskin<mailto:Sarah.Raskin at trincoll.edu>.

Thanks for any suggestions! Backchannel is great sarah.raskin at trincoll.edu<mailto:sarah.raskin at trincoll.edu>


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