On the topic of job materials, Bonnie Kent (UC-Irvine) writes to us reminding us of the important differences between applying to research universities and more teaching-oriented schools:
Philip Howard’s advice about cover letters might be good for people applying to research universities, but it isn’t so good – might even be counterproductive -- for people applying to teaching-oriented schools. Considering that most of the available jobs are in teaching-oriented schools, I recommend that you read this (two-part) article by Terry McGlynn:
https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2014/02/05/essay-how-stand-out-cover-letter-teaching-institutionAgreed! Take a look.
-- Jaded, Ph.D.