How to make the most of a visiting faculty position: Opinion


Dana S Dunn (Moravian University) and Jane S Halonen (University of West Florida) have created a list of “dos and don’ts” for visiting faculty members looking to make the most of their position. Dunn and Halonen encourage visiting faculty members to approach the role as though it were a tenure-track offer, prioritize their own research and teaching while also engaging with the broader department. However, the authors advise against becoming overly invested in the department or forgetting to complete their work and prepare to move on from what is an inherently temporary role. Dunn and Halonen conclude by noting that while there are many landmines to avoid, visiting positions can provide critical insights into the higher ed sector and offer unique future career opportunities.

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