As technology-based adaptive learning systems have started to take hold in higher education, some universities have seen a shift in the role of the professor from a provider of information to a facilitator of the learning process. Also, with the rise of big data, universities must determine how to best use information on student learning and behaviors. As more institutions invest in analytics to track student learning, the use of technology is poised to change how institutions and faculty evaluate student progress.
Online learning is increasingly becoming a viable alterative to the traditional classroom and many schools are evaluating how to get the most value from new learning technologies. Some faculty have started to apply mobile technology pedagogy concepts to their courses in an effort to keep up with student learning preferences.
In addition to the typical questions about effective teaching and research participation, job candidates for university faculty positions should at least be aware of the technology trends in the learning environment to remain competitive.
Sample Interview Questions for University Professors
What courses have you created or proposed over the last few years?
How do you handle a student who comes to you and disagrees with the grade you assigned?
Discuss your familiarity with microcredentials, such as digital badges, as a method of representing a student’s, achievements, skills, and competencies vs. more traditional evaluations of progress?
How do you handle suspected plagiarism?
How have you engaged students in learning outside the classroom?
Have you taught any online courses?
Have you ever integrated personalized learning tools into your courses?
What are your thoughts on flipped classrooms that emphasize an active learning paradigm?
How do you keep students engaged in learning?
How have your past teaching experiences prepared you for working at this university?
What about teaching at this university appeals to you?
How do you adapt to different learning styles?
What are your thoughts on higher education moving away from traditional lecture-based programming and to more hands-on scenarios for students to learn in a setting that more closely resembles a real-world work environment?
What do you do to address the needs of first-generation college students?
What learning technologies are you familiar with?
What do you think of the idea that the definition of literacy should be expanded to include not just reading and writing, but also digital information?
Describe your most innovative research.
How do you encourage student participation in research?
Has your work been published?
From what you know about our university, what do you anticipate as being a possible challenge in teaching here?
Have you ever applied for or received research funding?
What is the difference between collaborative and cooperative learning?
If you could teach your ideal upper level course, what would it be?