Landing a faculty job, therefore, could very likely entail convincing a hiring committee that, whatever your research qualifications, you can also deliver what they need most: high-quality instruction for their students. This means, Fea notes, that your ability as a researcher is not nearly "as important to the search committee at a teaching college as it might be if you were interviewing at a research university." Committee members will probably show interest in your research, but what they really want to know--and on what they will ultimately judge you--Fea writes, is "what you will do for them in the classroom."
His take-home message? If the committee members sense "that you see this job as a stepping stone to a position at a research university, you can probably kiss the job good-bye."
Fea is a historian, but his advice applies to would-be professors in scientific fields, too. My father, for example, was a chemist and the dean of science at a teaching institution, and his attitude toward hiring new faculty members mirrored Fea's. Teaching ability--and interest in same--were the criteria that ultimately determined who got the job. You can read Fea's essay here.