Becoming a visiting assistant professor (VAP) is highly competitive, but the position looks great on the CV of a brand-new PhD.
Here are some tips on how to tailor your application to the VAP position.
- Teaching: Put teaching before research since a VAP is normally a teaching position.
- Research: State your research and publications but not your long-term projects.
- Service: Have a very brief paragraph on service, since you will not be serving the department for long.
- Audience: Tailor your information to fit their department needs.
For more detailed advice, see the article by Karen Kelsky, "How Do I Pitch Myself for a Visiting Assistant Professorship."