Help for Aspiring Remote Adjuncts

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by Michael Burgos, Jun 25, 2022.

  1. Michael Burgos

    Michael Burgos Active Member

    I figured I'd tap into the vast cumulative wisdom and experience represented on this board. Any advice, tips, or tactics to land a remote adjunct gig?
  2. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    The quickest way to gain experience is to contact the school, and department, you did your masters and/or doctorate at to see if you could get an adjuncting role. Most departments are open to their alums teaching and it was the best manner in which I began to gain teaching experience.
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  3. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Get to know people at schools.
    Consider joining the USDLA.
    Search for openings.
    Develop an expertise in a needed area.
    Be prepared for seagull management, mushroom management, horrible pay, and ridiculous workloads.
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  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

  5. cacoleman1983

    cacoleman1983 Active Member

    I second this..... I taught developmental mathematics courses at my community college for more than 4 years without a Masters degree. I finally got tired of it due to decreased limits on adjunct loads and left to get a full time job while finishing my Masters about 7 months later. Whenever I finish my PhD, I might become an adjunct again after not teaching for nearly a decade. I will aim to teach courses in technology, education, and possibly business.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2022
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  6. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    That is not always the case. Some schools pay handsomely and have a decent workload. If you teach the same course, you can copy and paste mostly (not feedback on students' work, but for discussion prompt responses, announcements, etc.). In fact, my coach at one school told me to build a library of those things to use in future courses.

    I was an adjunct at a school where the pay was horrible ($85/graduate student and $75/undergraduate student), and the workload was ridiculous. They wanted us to write intros for all eight modules (not copy/paste the learning outcomes), hold three Blackboard Collaborate sessions (live), and respond to a certain amount of students. I quit after my first two courses, both graduate-level. One had two students, and the other had one student. So, my pay was $170 and $85, respectively—a total slap in the face for someone with a Ph.D.
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  7. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    To the OP, I struggled to get my first adjunct gig. I applied to several pools and received no positive response. When I was ABD, I emailed all the local CJ chairs in Philadelphia. One reached out but didn't have an opening. About a week later, someone decided to take the fall semester off, and the chair reached out. So, I taught my first course synchronously on Teams/Canvas in Fall 2020. I think the key is getting the first one (getting your "foot" in the door). Since earning my Ph.D. in May 2021, I have applied for other positions without contacting anyone directly. I received offers at Columbia Southern University, OK Panhandle State University, Saint Leo University, and the University of Arizona Global. I also got a gig at Adler University through networking. All these positions came within a year of my Ph.D. However, I dropped all except two. I love my free time more than money!
  8. jonlevy

    jonlevy Member

    Depends on what you are qualified to instruct - math, computer science, nursing they can't get enough, on the other hand humanities and social sciences have hundreds of applicants for each position.
  9. jonlevy

    jonlevy Member

    With all due respect, if someone with a PhD can't compose a CV, write a coherent letter, or construct a curriculum - they need more help than anyone can provide.
  10. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    I would not say this is necessarily true. There are people who are highly intelligent with 4.0 GPAs and a 750 GMAT or 330 GRE that hire Admissions Consultants before applying to top graduate programs to ensure they effectively communicate their story.

    A consultant to ensure you convey an effective story through a CV and such for jobs is just an investment some people make to help make themselves more competitive.
  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    And yet strangely, she has happy clients.
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