ABD: All But DissertationAFAIK: As Far As I KnowBTW: By The WayCC: Community CollegeESL: English as a Second LanguageFTE: Full-Time EmployeeFWIW: For What It's WorthHBCU: Historically Black College or UniversityHu: A gender-neutral pronoun used by some members ofthe forums and despised byothers.IMHO: In My Humble OpinionIRB: Institutional Review Board (An organization at each university that reviewsresearch projects that use human subjects.)NB: Nota Bene (Latin for note well)OP: Original PosterOTOH: On The Other HandPITA: Pain In The A
RAE: Research Assessment Exercise (For UK research -- determines the selectivedistribution of public funds by the four higher-education funding bodies in the UK.)RI: Top-tier Research UniversitySC: Search CommitteeSLAC: Small Liberal Arts CollegeRA: Research AssistantRI: Research Intensive UniversityRU: Research UniversityTA: Teaching AssistantTT: Tenure Track VPAA: Vice President for Academic Affairs
This term, or the phrase "with the possibility of renewal forsubsequent semesters," are sometimes found injob descriptions for non-tenure-track instructor, lecturer, adjunct, and visiting positions. Ph.D.'s often view these positions as"foot in the door" opportunities. Sometimes they can be, but often they won't lead toanything more than another short-term contract.
Content management system (CMS):
A content management system is the softwareused to provide the electronic resources necessary to teach a class, whether via "distancelearning," (see below) or in a classroom. Blackboard and WebCT are major vendors of this type of software. Being familiar with at least one of these systems is helpful wheninterviewing for positions that stress teaching.
Evidence of Excellence in Teaching:
Here's another open-ended term found in many jobads, allowing you to submit in your application whatever you can come up with todemonstrate your teaching skills. If your institution has a system in which students