Adjunct Question- need advice

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  1. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I currently teach for two schools. One is regionally accredited and one is national accredited. I am having an issue getting a third school. How should I list my teaching experience on my resume? I have been listing both schools but I am concerned that potential employer may think I would not be able to commit to a new class/school. Should I list it as “teaching experience – schools furnished upon request?”

    I also probably need to revamp my education. I have a BS and MBA from CCU and don’t list them when I apply for teaching positions. I am pursuing a grad certificate from the University of Florida to add some strong name recognition to my resume. Should I remove the AA and Army training since it really does not matter for a teaching position?

    Below is a portion of my resume and cover letter for your review. Any suggestions would be great. And of course, the names have been removed to protect the innocent!

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    Cover Letter
    Please review the enclosed resume for an online adjunct teaching position. I have several years experience as a corporate trainer as well as experience in a traditional academic setting and an online environment. My teaching experience includes field trainer for Corporate Job , substitute instructor for Advanced Career Training, and online adjunct at Nationally Accredited School and Regionally Accredited School.

    At Advanced Career Training I was responsible for teaching the Windows and DOS modules leading to A+, Network+, and MCSA certifications. I teach management and basic computer applications courses including Microsoft Office and computer ethics for Nationally Accredited School. I am also teaching more advanced computer topics for Regionally Accredited School , which includes fault tolerance and general networking.

    I am currently an Area Service Manager for Corporate Job and I have held several other positions within Corporate Job including Field Service Engineer, Field Service Engineer Trainer, and Software Application Specialist.

    As a Software Application Specialist I was responsible for training physicians and nurses on medical applications and troubleshooting high-end software and hardware problems in Florida and Georgia. As a Field Trainer, my responsibilities included creating and delivering the training material for classes covering computers and medical software. I have also been responsible for creating and delivering material for one-day nursing seminars throughout the Southeast.

    Education-
    PhD - Business Administration/Management – Northcentral University – expected graduation - 2009
    Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Risk Management – University of Florida - expected graduation – 04/2007
    MS - Information Technology Management - Touro University International – 6/2004
    BS – Individualized Studies (Technology & Business) - Charter Oak State College – 1/2003
    AA - Biomedical Technology and Computer Science Technology - University of Phoenix – 2/2001
    Bio-Medical Repair Specialist Diploma – U.S. Army Bio-Medical Repair School – 1991

    Experience
    ·Nationally Accredited School – 01/2006 – Present
    Teach online classes for Computer Applications and Business Fundamentals
    Research external sources to ensure the students receive information that reflects current trends
    Manage students with regard to individual assignments, team assignments, and attendance

    ·Regionally Accredited School - 09/2006 – Present
    Teach online classes for advanced computer topics that cover fault tolerance and general networking
    Study computer topics to stay current with technology
    Provide personalized feedback for all assignments submitted

    ·Corporate Job – Area Service Manager (former Field Trainer and Software Specialist), 02/00 – Present
    Responsible for training and mentoring new and tenured field service engineers in the Southeast and nationally with regard to efficiency, quality, and policy and procedure
    Manage all service activity and employees in Florida, South Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi
    Maintain a database of accounts in the Southeast and plan the successful implementation of upgrades and software patches
    Created several standardized documents and Standard Operating Procedures to ensure continuity in the field
    Write training curriculum for corporate training classes and conduct training classes
    Train physicians and nurses on medical software
    Provide support for trade shows, demos, conferences, and nurse training seminars on a national level
    Write and deliver training curriculum for classes covering computer software, computer hardware, and medical equipment
    Train end users on computer networks and medical applications
    Involved in the software design and troubleshooting of new products

    ·Advanced Career Training – Substitute Instructor, 6/02 – 04/05
    Lead classroom instruction on computer hardware identification, assembly, and repair
    Instruction on Windows 9X and 2000 operating systems
    Manage lab activities to reinforce lecture material that includes basic networking, printers, TCP/IP, and DHCP
    Module’s objectives are to teach and prepare students for MCSA, A+, and Network+ Certifications
     
  2. AuditGuy

    AuditGuy Member

    I have taught for an NA and several RA's. Here is a couple presentation methods to consider.

    Option 1: Online teaching experience xx/06 - present
    Courses taught include:
    Delivery methods used include:

    Option 2: List only the regionally accredited university name and list the Nationally accredited as "other online courses taught".

    Option 3: Leave it as it is. I think online teaching experience is valuable to list.

    I personally use Option 2, but my RA teaching greatly outweighs my NA teaching. If you are just starting out, I would stick with #3, what you have now. I've never heard of anyone getting blackballed for adjunct positions for teaching at an NA school. It's still relevant experience with the subject matter, Blackboard, etc.

    Tenure track might be a different discussion.
     
  3. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    How does this looks now?

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    Cover-

    Please review the enclosed resume for an online adjunct teaching position. I have several years experience as a corporate trainer as well as experience in a traditional academic setting and an online environment. My teaching experience includes field trainer for Corporate Job, substitute instructor for Advanced Career Training, and online adjunct for National School and Regional School.

    At Advanced Career Training I was responsible for teaching the Windows and DOS modules leading to A+, Network+, and MCSA certifications. I have experience teaching the following classes in an online format:
    ITS4101 – Fault Tolerance, MAN 1030 – Principals of Management, CGS 2167 – Computer Applications, and ITS - 1410 – Ethics in Information Technology.

    I am currently an Area Service Manager for Corporate Job and I have held several other positions within Olympus including Field Service Engineer, Field Service Engineer Trainer, and Software Application Specialist.

    As a Software Application Specialist I was responsible for training physicians and nurses on medical applications and troubleshooting high-end software and hardware problems in Florida and Georgia. As a Field Trainer, my responsibilities included creating and delivering the training material for classes covering computers and medical software. I have also been responsible for creating and delivering material for one-day nursing seminars throughout the Southeast.

    My education includes a BS in Individualized Studies (Technology & Business), MS in Information Technology Management, and I am currently pursing a PhD in Business Administration / Management as well as a graduate certificate in Healthcare Risk Management from the University of Florida. I also hold several computer certifications including MCP+Internet, MCSE, MCSA, Network+, A+, Security+, Server+, and Project+.


    Resume-
    Education
    ·PhD - Business Administration/Management – Northcentral University – expected graduation - 2009
    ·Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Risk Management – University of Florida - expected graduation – 04/2007
    ·MS - Information Technology Management - Touro University International – 6/2004
    ·BS – Individualized Studies (Technology & Business) - Charter Oak State College – 1/2003

    Work History:
    ·Various Colleges – 01/2006 – Present
    Teach online classes for Computer Applications and Business Fundamentals
    Research external sources to ensure the students receive information that reflects current trends
    Manage students with regard to individual assignments, team assignments, and attendance
    Study computer topics to stay current with technology
    Provide personalized feedback for all assignments submitted

    ·Corporate Job – Area Service Manager (former Field Trainer and Software Specialist), 02/00 – Present
    Responsible for training and mentoring new and tenured field service engineers in the Southeast and nationally with regard to efficiency, quality, and policy and procedure
    Manage all service activity and employees in Florida, South Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi
    Maintain a database of accounts in the Southeast and plan the successful implementation of upgrades and software patches
    Created several standardized documents and Standard Operating Procedures to ensure continuity in the field
    Write training curriculum for Olympus Corporate training classes and conduct training classes
    Train physicians and nurses on medical software
    Provide support for trade shows, demos, conferences, and nurse training seminars on a national level
    Write and deliver training curriculum for classes covering computer software, computer hardware, and medical equipment
    Train end users on computer networks and medical applications
    Involved in the software design and troubleshooting of new products

    ·Advanced Career Training – Substitute Instructor, 6/02 – 04/05
    Lead classroom instruction on computer hardware identification, assembly, and repair
    Instruction on Windows 9X and 2000 operating systems
    Manage lab activities to reinforce lecture material that includes basic networking, printers, TCP/IP, and DHCP
    Module’s objectives are to teach and prepare students for MCSA, A+, and Network+ Certifications
     
  4. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member


    Randell,

    Looks great, I was in the same position as you (Doing a DBA, working full time and teaching) and many times was turned down simply because schools would tell me "When are you going to find time to work for us with such a busy schedule?, finish your doctorate and send us your resume again"
     
  5. AuditGuy

    AuditGuy Member

    I think it looks good. I would specifically list the schools you have taught for (unless you are just showing "various colleges" for privacy reasons)

    One thing to think about is dropping the Healthcare Risk Management cert as in progress until you have it complete. I think it makes you looked overbooked without adding significantly to a good cv.

    "as well as a graduate certificate in Healthcare Risk Management from the University of Florida."
     
  6. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Great point about dropping the UF certificate - thanks. I listed various schools, that is how I was thinking of listing it. Maybe I should list it as:

    Work History:
    ·Harvard, Yale,and Princeton – 01/2006 – Present
    Teach online classes for Computer Applications and Business Fundamentals
    Research external sources to ensure the students receive information that...

    What do you think?
     
  7. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    Don't know if it is in your actual cover letter, or it was lost in the cut-and-paste, but "pursuing" is spelled wrong. (pursing)
     
  8. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Maybe they are not calling because I can't spell:confused: Thanks-
     
  9. Mundo

    Mundo New Member

    Cover Letter

    Hello Randell,

    Years ago, when I was trying to break into the “Major Leagues” of my profession, I faced many questions regarding how to best present myself with an effective cover letter and resume. Although I am not familiar with the idiosyncracies of Academia, I’m sure some of the following suggestion have universal applicability:

    *The content of a cover letter should be custom made: Learn as much as possible about the prospective employer and highlight your qualifications based on the firm’s needs and culture.

    *Show your diversity in terms of educational background and real world experience: You are uniquely qualified by having attended and taught in both NA and RA environments; don’t hide that fact.

    *Tell them about your ability to adapt: In today’s fast paced global environment it’s important to be open minded to change.

    *Stress your versatility as an independent thinker and your qualities as a leader, and also as an effective team member.

    I hope these suggestions help.

    Pepe
     
  10. Mundo

    Mundo New Member

    More of the same

    I forgot to mention that both the cover letter and resume should be designed so that they are easy to read. Make sure the cover letter is general in content so that it invites the reader to follow up with the resume. If the information on the cover is repeated on the resume, you risk boring the reader. Remember, yours may be the 200th resume he/she reads today.

    Use the cover letter to tell them why you fit well with that particular organization (highlights background and experience in general terms), use the resume to tell them what you have to offer (specific education and real life experience).

    Pepe
     
  11. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for everyones responses. Maybe they are smarter than I am. Just got another class from South University so I will be teaching 6 credits with them in a 5.5 week format in addition to the 12 credits at the other school in a 12 week format. All that with my job, the UF program, and the NCU PhD program I am falling apart. Another class/teaching course would push me over the edge!
     
  12. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

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