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date: 21 October 2019

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This chapter makes a case for the role postdoctoral, adjunct, and visiting positions can play in increasing one’s ability to obtain a tenure-track, teaching-oriented position. While many psychology PhDs seek a teaching-focused, tenure-track position, not all of us land such a position immediately after filing our dissertation. For a variety of reasons, recent PhDs often engage in postdoctoral training, adjunct teaching, or visiting professorships as one step in the postgraduate quest for a dream job. These sorts of positions offer surprisingly rich opportunities for precisely the sort of professional development that can enhance one’s competitiveness for teaching-focused, tenure-track positions. Knowing the qualifications hiring committees tend to look for, being aware of the type of professional development opportunities that can provide evidence of these qualifications, strategically pursuing them, and intentionally highlighting them in the application materials can help you land your dream job.

Keywords: Postdoctoral fellowships, adjunct teaching, visiting professorships, job search, fit, teaching excellence, departmental citizenship

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