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Volume 7, Issue2March 1994

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  • Report from the Treasurer

    At the December meeting of the APS Board of Director there was a lengthy discussion of budget planning. APS had met the goal set three years ago of attaining a membership of 15,000, and the December meeting seemed like a good time to take a long look ahead. APS member dues comprise more than half of the Society's income. Other major sources include grant and contracts; convention registration, exhibitor booths, and program advertising; Observer advertising; Psychological Science and Current Directions subscriptions and royalties; and mailing Iist rentals. As there are still many psychologist and thousands of students who share our goals but who are not yet members, the Board authorized a stepped up recruiting drive for 1994. We hope to pass 16,000 this year and to continue climbing.


  • How to Land that First Teaching Job

    Teaching is a major factor in faculty role definition—and teaching experience is an important hiring criterion—at hundreds of psychology departments in regional universities and liberal arts colleges across the nation. Teaching also is being emphasized increasingly at many doctoral institutions. Because instruction consumes almost two-thirds (64 percent) of faculty work time (Bowen & Schuster, 1986), we maintain that academic job applicants should consider how best to present their teaching experiences and ability. Applying for the Position The materials applicants provide to recruitment committees should communicate their preparedness to teach and their understanding of teaching and its place in higher education. An applicant should avoid being perceived as apathetic toward teaching or as viewing teaching as a secondary activity (or necessary evil).