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Information About the Faculty Search Process
Marlboro College is a small liberal arts college located in the hills of rural southern Vermont. We have a student body of 336 and full-time faculty of 39. The college was founded in 1946 by individuals interested in creating a learning environment that stressed student-driven education and it has continued to operate in this tradition. Introductory courses help to direct and inform student interest but by the time our students reach their junior year they are creating, with the advice and guidance of faculty, their own plans of study. Much of the coursework in the senior year is done in tutorials, one on one between the student and the professor, or in group tutorials with students working on similar projects sharing and developing ideas. Every student must complete a senior capstone project, which we call a Plan of Concentration that they begin to work on in their junior year. We do not have traditional majors but rather degree fields, and many of our students finish their senior year with cross-disciplinary Plans of Concentration, meaning that they have worked with a variety of professors in a number of areas on their final project. We do not have departments but rather loosely defined areas (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences). The boundaries between these areas are porous and many of us work across them on a daily basis. We have a strong tradition of self-government through Town Meeting, which all members of the community – faculty, staff and students participate in.
Our faculty search process ensures that all of the faculty we hire understand that we wish them to become contributors to the rich interdisciplinary academic focus, while also becoming active members of the community at large. Thus, our search committees include faculty from several of the academic areas and students.
Once the search committee has reviewed all applications received by the closing date, telephone interviews or interviews at conferences are conducted. Questions will cover the applicant’s teaching experience, including individual work with students, clarify the interest in Marlboro, and ask for a vision of the curriculum at Marlboro in the degree field in which they will be doing the majority of their teaching.
When candidates are invited to campus for a campus interview, all campus constituencies have a chance to meet the candidate. In order to prepare our community for the visit, we ask applicants for a c.v. that can be circulated publicly. Most applicants will be expected to conduct at least a half hour teaching demonstration, as well as a half hour research presentation followed by a question and answer session. This presentation will be made to an audience made up of students, faculty and staff. Therefore the candidate should assume that the audience has general knowledge, but not necessarily expertise in the applicant’s field. Search committee questions will include thoughts on how the applicant will structure their curriculum, contribute to the community and engage fully in our collaborative teaching model.
Campus visits include an informal dinner with members of the search committee and students, as well as a full day of activities. Normally applicants will need to spend two nights in the area – typically at the Latchis Hotel in Brattleboro. Brattleboro is about 20 minutes from the campus. The closest major airports are Hartford, CT and Boston, MA, and Brattleboro is also served by Amtrak. Many Marlboro faculty choose to live in Marlboro or Brattleboro, and are happy to give information about this lovely corner of the world.
Please note that searches for fellows and for one-year Visiting Faculty positions generally only involve phone interviews.