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12/11/2020

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Dale

It would help to know more about the job. For example, will it involve teaching graduate students? At a school like mine, for example, where we only need a B.A., there's no strong expectation that your writing and teaching will be closely linked. It's a bonus if they are, of course, but in general you don't have to be writing about a specific subfield in order to be able to teach competent undergraduate classes in the area. So just because we advertise for a certain subfield doesn't mean that we would necessarily expect a writing sample to fall within it. It would be a preference but not a requirement. On the other hand, in a Ph.D. program that expectation will likely be much stronger, and that makes the choice harder.

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