The Faculty Job Interview: Prepare for Your Teaching Demonstration

Help your graduate students and postdocs ace one of the most important parts of the faculty job interview.


Help your graduate students and postdocs ace their teaching demonstration!

If you lead professional development programs for graduate students and postdocs who are preparing for academic careers, then they will need to know how to prepare for their teaching demonstration.

In academia, we receive very little training (if any) on how to actually do the teaching demonstration. We're expected to show up and teach.

But, there's more to this part of the interview than giving a lecture or presenting the latest research.

Your graduate students and postdocs have to demonstrate who they are as a teacher, what they know about how students learn, why they are a good fit for their department, and how well they know their topic.

And they'll have to do it all in about an hour.

In a room they've never taught in before.

With students they've never met.

In the middle of a very busy day.

The stakes are higher now. They will not get a second chance. They have to be ready.

This course will help your graduate students and postdocs feel confident, prepared, and ready to ace their teaching demonstration! They will know what to do (and not do!), what questions to ask, and what to expect.


This course will help your graduate students and postdocs:

  • Get prepared, feel confident, and be ready for their teaching demonstration.
  • Stress less! Their on-campus teaching demonstration will be a success!
  • Ace their teaching demonstration and get one step closer to the next step in their career.
  • Organize their lecture using my P.L.A.N. framework which balances delivery of information with student engagement.
  • Know what to do before, during, and immediately after their campus visit.

What questions will graduate students and postdocs explore in this course?

  • How do you teach?
  • What approaches and methods do you use?
  • How do you engage students?
  • How do your teaching methods align with your teaching philosophy?
  • What kind of rapport do you have with students?
  • How do you demonstrate your credibility and authenticity as a scholar, teacher, and potential colleague?

Job candidates need to be able to address all of these questions in their teaching demonstration. In this course, I will help your graduate students and postdocs answer these questions and feel prepared for this part of their job interview.


"I have successfully defended my thesis and landed a job within the past week! I wanted to let you know because I feel that my experience teaching and your personal feedback really helped me be more confident both during my defense talk and my job interview! Thank you!"

--Graduate Student, NC State University

How is the course organized?

This is a self-paced on-demand online course that is divided into 3 parts.

In Part 1, participants will be able to:

  • Know how to prepare for the two different types of teaching demonstrations
  • Recognize what the search committee is looking for
  • Know what THEY should be looking for during the interview process and teaching demonstration
In Part 2, participants will be able to:

  • Know what to do (and not do!) during their teaching demonstration
  • List ways to establish rapport with students they don't know (and why it matters)
  • Explain how to prepare and practice their teaching demonstration
  • Consider other types of academic positions that might require teaching demonstrations
In Part 3, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how to use the P.L.A.N. framework to design the lecture for their teaching demonstration
  • Recognize when to focus on their lecture and when to focus on their students during the teaching demonstration

What's included in the course?

  • Instant access to all of the course materials (includes access to all videos, slides, transcripts, articles, and resources).
  • The expanded and updated Teaching Demonstration Success Guide.
  • Notes, tips, and advice to help your graduate students and postdocs prepare for the different types of teaching demonstrations.
  • A list of what to do (and not do!) during the teaching demonstration.
  • An example of how to use my P.L.A.N. framework to plan the lecture for a teaching demonstration.
  • A list of questions to ask before, during, and after the teaching demonstration.
  • Flexible programming. All course content is accessible on any device.
  • Every faculty member, graduate student, and postdoc on your campus gets immediate, unlimited access to this course for 1 year.
  • If you enroll in the "individual course" option, then you get lifetime access to the course material.

Preparing for your teaching demonstration success guide

Who is this course for? And, how can I use it on my campus?

  • Teaching center directors and graduate school program directors can easily integrate this course into your existing professional development programs to help graduate students and postdocs prepare for academic job interviews.

  • Teaching center directors and faculty development leaders who want to offer online and on-demand professional development opportunities to faculty, graduate students and postdocs can promote this course as an on-demand resource, or you can create blended or flipped professional development experiences for your participants.

  • Individual job seekers can enroll in the "individual course" option if you are preparing to apply for positions in the academic job market but don't have support or resources available to you.

    Maybe you prefer not to participate in career development workshops on your campus. Or, maybe you would like to keep your job search confidential. When you enroll in this course as an individual, you get lifetime access to all of the course material, including any new content added in the future.

  • NOTE: This course closes for new enrollments December 31, 2019.

Your Instructor

Barbi Honeycutt, Ph.D.
Barbi Honeycutt, Ph.D.

Hi! I’m Barbi, and I help college professors (and future professors!) design courses, increase student engagement, and improve learning. Throughout the past 18 years, I have facilitated thousands of professional development workshops and courses for professors, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars throughout the world.

When you work with me, you will get the perspective an expert in teaching to help you plan your teaching demonstration. I have coached and advised 400-500 graduate students and postdoctoral scholars through the process of preparing for their teaching demonstration and their campus interview. I've worked with professionals from nearly every discipline - Computer Science, Engineering, Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, Veterinary Medicine, Poultry Science, English, Psychology, Education, Genetics, Mathematics, Public Speaking, Nursing, Leadership and more.

The resources I provide are grounded in theory, informed by research, and designed for practical application. Wherever you are in your journey, my goal is to support you in your pursuit of teaching excellence. When you are successful, your students will be successful. And that’s why I dedicate my energy to supporting you!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and end?
The course begins as soon as payment is received. For campuses, access ends 1 year from the date the course was purchased. For the individual plan, access begins as soon as you enroll and you get lifetime access to all of the course material.
How long do I have access to the course?
If you purchase the campus package, all of the graduate students, postdocs, and faculty on your campus get access to the course for 1 year. If you purchase the course as an individual, you get lifetime access to the course, including any updated materials added in the future.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I want you to be satisfied with your purchase. However, if the course is not helping you meet your goals, you are eligible to receive a 100% money-back guarantee. Please refer to the Refund Policy page for details.
How long will it take to complete this online course?
Approximately 2-3 hours.
How can this institute be used on my campus?
You can integrate this course into any of your professional development programs. The campus package includes 1-year access for any number of participants. Participants will be able to create their own account, login, and password. They will be able to work through the course at their own pace, or you may decide to create a blended or flipped professional development program to go along with the course. It's up to you!
What methods of payment are accepted?
All major credit cards are accepted. Enroll in the course by clicking on any of the “enroll” buttons throughout the website. If your college, university, or department requires a purchase order or check to submit payment, send me an email and we'll start working on the process: [email protected]
How do I set up an account for my college, university, or department?
Contact me to set up your campus account: [email protected] Once we confirm the payment information, I will send you an email with additional instructions. Participants will be able to enroll themselves, create their own accounts, and set up their own passwords. Easy!
Are discounts available if I want to purchase more than 1 course?
Yes. The more courses you order, the higher the discount. Send me an email and tell me which courses you are interested in, and I will send you more information. Email: [email protected]

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