Over at The Edge of the American West, a cautionary tale for those of you being interviewed for academic jobs this season.
A basic part of your preparation for any interview should be the preparation of a couple of syllabi to include in your packet (not your initial application for a post, but a follow-up for when you’re asked to come for a screening interview). At least one of those syllabi should be your approach to a bread-and-butter undergraduate survey of your major field of specialization, and one should be the most imaginative or interesting topical course for undergraduates you can think of. I don’t think you necessarily need a graduate-level syllabus, but you should have some idea of what graduate-level teaching you’d like to do.
I’m not likely to ever put this idea into practice myself, but I still think that the absolute best way to do a graduate-level seminar in a specialized field would be to spend the semester (or year) collectively building 2-3 syllabi for undergraduate teaching in that field and reading all the works which might potentially be included in those syllabi. All the students would end up with some syllabi to work from, they’d be able to talk about pedagogy in a usefully intellectualized context, and it would focus the conversation away from the kind of snide one-upmanship that graduate seminars have a tendency to devolve into.