Adjunct work overseas?

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by catlin0915, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. catlin0915

    catlin0915 New Member

    I know there are many opportunities to teach overseas, but has anyone any experience with this? I know in many countries a Masters is all that is required, but is there a website for international adjunct positions?
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    The only website I know of that is about adjunct employment is AdjunctNation. I don't know if they list non-US opportunities.
  3. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    I'm not saying that there aren't adjunct opportunities overseas. I guess I just question why that would be the case.

    A college graduate (sometimes not even then) used to be able to jump to virtually any exotic locale to teach English despite not being able to communicate in the local language. That model is breaking down quite a bit. Frankly, duolingo works a lot cheaper (and sometimes a lot better) than grabbing some yahoo off of the street to teach English.

    But I'm unclear why a foreign university would actually want someone from overseas unless they were just so exceptional that they would be a fantastic addition to the faculty. Just some no-name schnook? Why bother?
  4. catlin0915

    catlin0915 New Member

    I currently work for a Korean company as a go-between with U.S. counterparts but know several people who teach at Korean Universities. The pay is only about $3,000 a month, but they have a free apartment. They only teach roughly 14 hours a week and have something like 5 months of paid vacation because they have contracts that are signed for a full year. To me, it doesn't sound like a bad deal, and would have a lot of room for online teaching. I was already considering my MBA, but it helped me make the decision after meeting my 30th "professor" with the same story. Have yet to hear anything bad from anyone working Uni jobs.
  5. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    No, it sounds like a fabulous deal. I would absolutely love to make $36,000 per year if I didn't have to pay for housing and I only had to work 14 hours per week for just over half a year.

    So, again, I'm not saying such an opportunity doesn't exist. But that sounds a little too sweet. I don't see a downside. The possibilities then include:

    1. There is a hidden catch that prevents every US graduate from flocking there (i.e. You only get that job if you have a PhD and teach a highly sought after field)

    2. The deal isn't actually as sweet as it sounds. (i.e. Perks from various adjunct jobs got lumped together in the verbal retelling to form one amazing, and nonexistent, adjunct job).

    3. Korean universities are just amazing. Everything you describe is accurate.

    While three is possible I'm rather skeptical. Though some disciplines are so highly sought after this could very we'll be the case. If a Korean university really wants to beef up its machine learning faculty then it makes sense. But I can't see a Korean university doing this for all adjuncts in all disciplines. Supply and demand.

    So if the jobs are there and relatively easy to get (and you know 30 people "on the inside") then finish your MBA and apply. Let us know of the grass is as green as it appeared from this side of the fence.

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