Even if you are in your first year of a long journey to get a Ph.D., it is never too early to scope out your dream job.
I recently browsed The Chronicle of Higher Education’s job database and found a small collection of Instructional Design and Educational Technology tenure-track faculty positions. Although I am one to two years away from applying for jobs, I decided to open the job descriptions to see the requirements. Interestingly, all of the jobs that I looked at require online teaching experience. So, I contacted the Education Technology department where I received my M.A. to see if there were any pro bono teaching assistant positions to get online teaching experience.
It is important to be proactive when pursuing your dream job. Even if it seems like you will be in school forever, it is always a good idea to search for jobs you would like to apply for someday to look over the requirements. Do you have the necessary qualifications, skills, and experiences to be a strong candidate for that job? If there are requirements that you do not fulfill, find a way to address this (i.e., volunteer, intern, sit on a committee, join a professional organization) before you apply for the job.
Sample Qualifications for Tenure Track Assistant Math Professor: