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    Would anyone hire a PhD from Capella?

    I'm considering starting a doctorate at Capella . My goal is to be able to teach higher Ed. in online, adjunct positions while I continue my current job as a Jr. high teacher . Does anyone have thoughts on the questions below?

    1. Would there be an advantage to getting a PhD over a practitioner doctorate such as a DBA? I'm going for a doctorate in business, or maybe education .

    2. Anyone have any idea of which field of study, business or education , would yield better adjunct teaching opportunities?

    3. To anyone involved in hiring adjuncts: Hypothetically speaking, would you consider hiring Capella grads?

    Many thanks! Mike

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    There are many Capella grads who are teaching online. If your goal is primarily online adjuncting, a Capella doctorate will be fine.

    Again, if your sole purpose is online adjuncting, it probably doesn't make any difference whether you earn a Ph.D. or DBA.

    I'm not sure what the demand for education adjuncts is but I do know that adjuncts who can teach either accounting , finance or both are in big demand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelOliver View Post
    3. To anyone involved in hiring adjuncts: Hypothetically speaking, would you consider hiring Capella grads?
    American Public University system lists 124 faculty members for their business school. The following are Capella grads:

    Dani Babb
    Dallas Cecil
    Keisha Chambers
    Suzanne Minarcine
    Timmothy Posey
    Janette Roy
    Edward P Sakiewicz

    Some of the above are considered full-time faculty. While this is just one school, it appears that Capella grads do not have problems getting adjunct positions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelOliver View Post
    I'm considering starting a doctorate at Capella. My goal is to be able to teach higher Ed. in online, adjunct positions while I continue my current job as a Jr. high teacher. Does anyone have thoughts on the questions below?
    I'm certain that I do.

    1. Would there be an advantage to getting a PhD over a practitioner doctorate such as a DBA? I'm going for a doctorate in business, or maybe education.
    No. Although the DBA in business and the EdD in education were created to be practitoner degrees, the vast majority of these programs are identical to those of the PhD in business and education (I am currently doing research studies on both these degrees).

    2. Anyone have any idea of which field of study, business or education, would yield better adjunct teaching opportunities?
    Since I am the Academic Dean over a decent-sized e-learning program that employs a number of adjunct faculty, I can tell you what I see:

    For business: people with doctorates emphasizing accounting , marketing , logistics and finance are in demand. There is a glut of candidates with degrees in general business, management and organizational leadership , so there is not much demand in those areas.

    For education : people with doctorates emphasizing special education , teaching English as second language/bilingual education , educational research/assessment/evaluation, or educational/instructional technology would be in greater demand than a doctorate in educational administration, curriculum and instruction or educational psychology .

    3. To anyone involved in hiring adjuncts: Hypothetically speaking, would you consider hiring Capella grads?
    We do have Capella grads among our adjuncts. I have also served on Capella dissertation committees, so the answer is "most definitely".

    Many thanks! Mike
    You are very welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelOliver View Post
    3. To anyone involved in hiring adjuncts: Hypothetically speaking, would you consider hiring Capella grads?

    Many thanks! Mike
    Why not? I have seen Capella graduates teaching as adjuncts in Institutions as Walden, Devry , TUI University and NCU. It is an accredited doctorate so it satisfies the job requirements of an accredited doctorate.

    The Capella program is very popular among online adjuncts. Many people recommend this program for those interested in online teaching .

    As for the DBA vs PhD thing, it depends a lot on the University. Some online Universities only offer the DBA (Jones International University ) while others offer both options (Walden, NCU). For those schools that offer these two options, it seems to me that the DBA is a light version of the PhD as some schools require less credits or no hard core courses (e.g. statistics) for the DBA.

    I finished my DBA in Australia but in my case I was not given an option as the PhD requires a research master's and I have a course based MBA that was only acceptable for DBA admission.

    In summary, it is not about the designation of the degree but about the school's reputation and program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Pina View Post
    Since I am the Academic Dean over a decent-sized e-learning program that employs a number of adjunct faculty, I can tell you what I see:

    For business: people with doctorates emphasizing accounting, marketing, logistics and finance are in demand. There is a glut of candidates with degrees in general business, management and organizational leadership, so there is not much demand in those areas.
    How about a PhD in Business Admin / Management with 18 credit in Finance or an MBA in Finance?

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    I have a doctorate from Capella. Though I got my first adjunct job at a local college with my traditional Masters degree, I know of several fulltime profs with Ph.D.'s at the school who got those from Capella. I also have taught at U of Phoenix and currently am an online adjunct faculty for U. of the Rockies. I know another 2 or 3 others at Rockies with Capella Ph.D.'s
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    Not only is a Capella degree good for adjunct positions, but there are also a number of Capella alumni who have full time tenure track positions.

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    Anthony Pina, could I have more info?

    Hey Anthony, Your input about your view on hiring Capella grads is a "God-send" for me, literally. Thanks so much!

    You warned against getting a PhD in Organization and Management because there are too many of them out there. How about these Capella degrees that are the same except they have specializations in various areas? Does that make them any better, or should I steer clear?

    PhD in Organization and Management - Human Resource Management

    PhD in Organization and Management - Information Technology Management

    PhD in Organization and Management - Leadership

    PhD in Organization and Management - Management Education this one especially

    PhD in Organization and Management - Project Management

    I really appreciate your help! Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFValve View Post
    Why not? I have seen Capella graduates teaching as adjuncts in Institutions as Walden, Devry , TUI University and NCU. It is an accredited doctorate so it satisfies the job requirements of an accredited doctorate.

    The Capella program is very popular among online adjuncts. Many people recommend this program for those interested in online teaching .

    As for the DBA vs PhD thing, it depends a lot on the University. Some online Universities only offer the DBA (Jones International University ) while others offer both options (Walden, NCU). For those schools that offer these two options, it seems to me that the DBA is a light version of the PhD as some schools require less credits or no hard core courses (e.g. statistics) for the DBA.

    I finished my DBA in Australia but in my case I was not given an option as the PhD requires a research master's and I have a course based MBA that was only acceptable for DBA admission.

    In summary, it is not about the designation of the degree but about the school's reputation and program.
    The U.S. accrediting bodies for business schools (AACSB, IACBE) do not distinguish between the PhD and the DBA. In the accreditation of doctoral programs, they treat them as equal. The U.S. Dept. of Education also recognizes them as equivalent degrees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randell1234 View Post
    How about a PhD in Business Admin / Management with 18 credit in Finance or an MBA in Finance?
    That would work. Our faculty qualifications standards from SACS requires (in order of preference):

    1. Doctorate in the teaching discipline OR
    2. Doctorate with a masters in the teaching discipline OR
    3. Masters in the teaching discipline
    4. Masters degree with 18 graduate semester units in the teaching discipline
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelOliver View Post
    Hey Anthony, Your input about your view on hiring Capella grads is a "God-send" for me, literally. Thanks so much!

    You warned against getting a PhD in Organization and Management because there are too many of them out there. How about these Capella degrees that are the same except they have specializations in various areas? Does that make them any better, or should I steer clear?

    PhD in Organization and Management - Human Resource Management

    PhD in Organization and Management - Information Technology Management

    PhD in Organization and Management - Leadership

    PhD in Organization and Management - Management Education this one especially

    PhD in Organization and Management - Project Management

    I really appreciate your help! Mike
    I cannot speak for the needs of all institutions, but my hiring preferences would definitely be the specializations in Human Resource Management and Information Technology Management, since we have growing graduate programs in those areas. My doctoral degree is in leadership, so I would be going against a lot of people with the same degree. Fortunately for me, I have a pretty good vita :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Pina View Post
    I cannot speak for the needs of all institutions, but my hiring preferences would definitely be the specializations in Human Resource Management and Information Technology Management, since we have growing graduate programs in those areas. My doctoral degree is in leadership, so I would be going against a lot of people with the same degree. Fortunately for me, I have a pretty good vita :-)

    I have a MS in ITM and will finish my PhD soon. Maybe we can talk soon :D

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    That is correct! I'm Dr. S. and am a proud Capella Alum who is very actuive in teaching online, on campus and as a practitioner in industry.

    Dr. Ed ;-)

    Quote Originally Posted by NGC6205 View Post
    American Public University system lists 124 faculty members for their business school. The following are Capella grads:

    Dani Babb
    Dallas Cecil
    Keisha Chambers
    Suzanne Minarcine
    Timmothy Posey
    Janette Roy
    Edward P Sakiewicz

    Some of the above are considered full-time faculty. While this is just one school, it appears that Capella grads do not have problems getting adjunct positions.

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    Thumbs up There are Professors at The University of Texas with Capella Doctorate credentials.

    There are Professors at The University of Texas with Capella Doctorate credentials. ...Prominent professors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RodMoyer View Post
    There are Professors at The University of Texas with Capella Doctorate credentials. ...Prominent professors.
    Are you talking about the flagship UT-Austin? And if so, would you mind providing a link?
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