At this year’s association of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) conference, insidehighered.com’s Scott Jaschik talked about the need for R1 institutions to better train doctoral students for teaching careers.
If you’re looking to make a career at a teaching-intensive institution, AAC&U is one of the organizations you should follow. It focuses on student success, liberal education, high-impact practices, and other elements of providing excellent undergraduate education.
Familiarize yourself with its publications and its initiatives. Many of the publications are downloadable for free; others might be available through your graduate school or employing institution’s institutional membership.
Their work on what employers want from recent graduates is very influential, and being conversant in that kind of information shows that you are concerned about the students you want to teach.
Knowing organizations such as AAC&U can help make you a better teacher and a better job candidate.