What's the best approach for talking to faculty that are in distant/unrelated areas during a campus visit for a faculty position?
Is it preferable to show that you are interested in their research and open-minded about learning new things by asking them about their research, or to try to focus on your own research and the expertise that you offer?
You'll typically have between a half-hour and an hour to talk with them. In that time, you should be able to cover a number of different topics:
- Your background (briefly)
- Your academic experience, if any
- Why you're interested in working in their department
- Their research focus
- Their ideas for future research focuses
- Ways you could fit into their department
Of all those, the only ones you could probably skip is 1. Everything else is pretty crucial to getting a good idea of what the department's research agenda (if they have one) is.