Paragraph 1: introduction to the job: include school, college, field, type of position, and start date.
The School of [name] at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites applications for a [type of position; eg, tenure-track assistant professorship] in[specific field, eg: modern American women’s history; mathematics education – be specific about the kind of faculty member who will be considered qualified for this position] to begin in [start date; eg, August, 2009].
Paragraph 2: detailed information: include specific responsibilities in all areas, typical teaching load, and other details the dept deems necessary.
The successful candidate will be responsible for effective teaching, research [or other appropriate professional activity like composing, directing, etc.], service, and advising [and any other required activities: eg, supervising student teaching]. Specific responsibilities will include [list all the areas the successful candidate must be able to cover: eg, teaching a required methods class for political science majors; teaching physics for music majors; directing a nursing practicum; a two-semester intensive sequence in Italian literature from 1200-present; advising pre-med majors; working with local engineering firms to create internships for senior majors; overseeing national agency accreditation; preparation of teachers for urban schools; etc.]. The typical teaching load is [eg, three courses per semester, along with advising; be realistic but do not guarantee the load is always 3/3]. [Note: depts. are free to describe the field as they wish, and to be specific as to what they seek in the successful candidate. However, search committees must then scrutinize dossiers according to the criteria that have been published in the ad.]
Paragraph 3: position requirements: include all required qualifications and any preferred qualifications.
Be specific about whether and under what conditions ABD candidates qualify. Applicants must [have required degree and professional qualifications: eg, an earned Ph.D. in (field or area); be a licensed professional engineer]; ABD candidates must have completed the PhD by the time the appointment begins [include only if ABDs will be considered; be specific!]. All candidates must demonstrate development of and plans for a research program that integrates their teaching and scholarly interests. Preferred qualifications include [eg: publications; two years of teaching experience; additional master’s degree in xx content area; etc.].
Paragraph 4: about TCNJ: include all info below about the College, with added info about your school and dept.
Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a highly selective institution that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. Emphasizing a residential experience for its nearly 6,000 undergraduates, TCNJ is one of Barron’s 75 “Most Competitive” American colleges, and U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 public institution of its kind in the northern region of the country. The College also offers focused graduate programs in nursing, education and English. TCNJ was awarded, in 2006, a Phi Beta Kappa chapter—an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ’s seven schools—Arts & Communication; Business; Culture and Society; Education; Science; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Engineering. TCNJ faculty members are teacher-scholars who share a commitment to liberal learning. TCNJ is located within an hour, by train, of NYC and Philadelphia. The College’s campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. TCNJ has 39 major buildings, including the 4th-best college library in the nation, according to the Princeton Review. The School of [name] enrolls about yyy majors across zzz [nationally accredited] programs, and offers the degrees of BA, BS, and MAT [eg]. The Dept of [name] includes [number of faculty, majors/minors offered, etc.] For more information, visit www.tcnj.edu.
Paragraph 5: how and when to apply: describe required and/or desired materials the candidate needs to send to be considered.
To apply, send [or email] the following materials to [name/address/email of contact person, committee, chair, etc] by day/month/year: [required materials; eg, a letter describing how your credentials meet the needs described in this ad; a copy of your curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy; courses syllabuses; copies of recent publications; and three letters of reference. State whether the deadline is drop-dead or whether apps will be considered beyond that date; make clear the conditions under which such apps will be considered, eg: applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by date x will receive full
Paragraph 6: AA/EOE statement: include this language in all ads:
The College of New Jersey is an Affirmative-Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Abbreviated ad: include dept, TCNJ name, type/rank of position and area; requirements in brief; how /when to apply; website or other source for more info.; AA/EOE statement.
The Dept of X in the School of Y at The College of New Jersey seeks a tenure-track assistant professor of ZZZ. Successful candidate will teach in areas of aaa, bbb, and ccc; s/he will be expected to carry out excellent teaching and advising, as well as scholarship in the area of [specific field]. Send letter of application, c.v., syllabi, and three letters of reference by Oct. 26, 2008, to [name/email/etc.]. For a fuller description, see www.tcnj.edu/info. The College of New Jersey is an AffirmativeAction/Equal Opportunity Employer.