Good schools to get online adjunct positions-

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by Randell1234, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    The key to being an adjunct these days is have a good relationship with a school, one where they want YOU to teach. The degrees you hold are not all that relevant (except for minimum qualifications).

    Whenever I read someone's post about how they're thinking about getting a doctorate so they can teach, I reflect on how wrong-headed that is. That's like saying you want to get a driver's license so you can drive a Porsche...without having a Porsche already.
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  2. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Rich, I think only the slightly crazed or crazy-rich get super-expensive vehicles BEFORE they can drive them. I'm not arguing with your statement that perhaps teaching should come first, before the doctorate. You have WAY more expertise than I do, there. (I have none whatsoever.) I just think there might be a more appropriate analogy..

    Reminds me of something that my hero, Eric Clapton did, when he got his first REALLY good cheque in the music business. He had no driver's licence - in fact, I believe he may never have held one in his life. But he hollered "I'm rich! I'm f***ing rich!" First thing, he went to a car lot down the street and bought a 1938 Cadillac (in the 60s). I always thought that was a bit irrational, if he wasn't going to be able to drive it - though come to think of it - a vintage Cadillac for what was about $1500 then -- I might have done it anyway, especially if I were suddenly rich. I wouldn't have bought a new Porsche though, unless I was dead sure of driving it. ... Wonder where that Cadillac is today. ... Maybe I should call him.

    "Hello, Eric? Johann here. Still got that Cadillac? The old one? ".... :)
  3. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Re: Prev. post. I was wrong. Some time later, Eric did get a license. Lost it at least once, though. Damn those Ferraris!, lead foot.&text=He faced a magistrate in,and flimsy excuse for speeding.
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  4. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    The point I'm trying to make is that it is a fallacy to think that simply getting the minimum qualification automatically qualifies one to perform in this paradigm. It does not. It's the same with the 18 s.h. in such-and-such crowd. Yes, if that school wants to employ you, you certainly must make the minimum grade. But the reverse--if you make the minimum grade schools will want you--is absurd. We see that chatter all the time.

    I hold two doctorates, an MBA, three industry certifications (PCC, CPTD, and SPHR), and recently completed a certification in online learning. I've taught for five different universities. No one....NO beating down my door to teach for them. That's the fact, jack.
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  5. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    I have to explain this to at least one entry level engineer every year when we negotiate their initial salary (there is no negotiation).

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