Howdy folks!

I'm hoping to pick your brains on a few things. Lord knows I've racked mine thinking about all of this.

In the next few days my community college will be posting a full-time history position. The current individual will be retiring at the end of the semester. I don't want to get my hopes up, by I feel like I have a good chance at getting the job because A) I'm an adjunct there, B) the other full-time individual is strongly encouraging me to apply and C) the current individual taught both history and political science , which I'm also qualified to do. Despite these good thoughts, I'm wondering if I should try to make myself look even better, and that's where I'm seeking your opinions.

When I finished my MA with WNMU, I knew I wanted to continue on to a PhD. At that point I had it narrowed down to two fields, Public Policy or American Studies. At this point, I'm leaning towards American Studies because I can essentially combine my passion for both history and political science . I will be applying to the College of William and Mary for admission in Fall 2013. In the mean time, however, I want to make myself more attractive for both the community college gig AND the PhD application.

I wanted to go ahead and do the Grad Certificate in American History with APU. Though my coursework with WNMU is essentially American History , the courses with APU focus on key points in our history , and I think that would be helpful to me in becoming even more familiar with the literature out there on those topics. So herein lies my question -

Would starting such a program now actually help myself look better for the community college job? I wanted to wait until June to start since school would be out, but knowing that this job will be posted soon, I thought that starting in May might be the better option. What are your thoughts?

As always, I appreciate your input. You all have pointed me in several good directions in the past, and I have no doubt you'll do the same now.

-Matt