Last week, my department conducted its annual round of mock interviews for the hopeful job seekers amongst us. This year, I threw my better judgment to the wind and participated in the festivities. What an eye-opener.... Here's a snippet of one of the interviews. If you're a job seeker, file this under "Don't be this dumb."
Interviewer: As you know, we're a small liberal arts college. Part of what keeps our philosophy department in business is our ability to offer six sections of "Critical Thinking" every semester. "Critical Thinking" is a required course in our General Education curriculum. So, each member of the Philosophy department offers at least one section of "Critical Thinking" every semester. Could you describe to us how you would teach such a course?
Candidate: Critical Thinking?... hmmmm... Well, that's not my area.
Interviewer: Well, I realize that this is not your area. It's not mine either. But, as I said, we all have to teach it. So, could you say something about how you would construct the course.
Candidate: Well... I'd rather not teach that kind of course. Couldn't I just stick to "Intro" and upper-level courses?
Interviewer: Well... No. As I said... We all have to teach "Critical Thinking." It sounds to me as if you're saying that you're unwilling to teach it. Is that right?