I was contacted by UoP/Axia in regards....

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  1. bamafan

    bamafan New Member

    to a job posting I inquired about. This is the third time I have inquired about a particular job posting and the first time I have received anything other than a thank you for your interest response. For those who have dealt with the UoP process, should I be encouraged yet or is this a shot in the dark?
     
  2. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    There are several steps to be hired by UoP, but if you make the first one then you'll probably go to the next.
     
  3. bamafan

    bamafan New Member

    Strangely enough, the job I applied for and was contacted about is no longer posted on the Axia job page. It was a general studies/humanities posting. Should I read anything into that? The posting was there this morning, I was contacted this afternoon, and then this evening the posting is gone.
     
  4. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Here is my detailed experience - good luck
    http://forums.degreeinfo.com/showthread.php?t=27777
     
  5. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    It took my wife about 8 months before she started her first course today. And even after completing this first course, they could still say she's not a good fit.
     
  6. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    No, you shouldn't read anything into that. They have obviously received applications from enough qualified applicants (including you) that they felt comfortable deleting the ad.
     
  7. buckwheat3

    buckwheat3 Master of the Obvious

    Bama,
    You should be encouraged; I had the same thing happen. I get an email one day from Axia; fill out a questionnaire. About a week later, a recruiter contacts me about a phone call. After a week after the phone call they schedule me for a faculty training lab (it lasts about a week). About a week later, I'm scheduled for another faculty training lab (it lasts two weeks). Then another faculty training lab is right behind the second, it too lasts two weeks....all told five weeks of training.

    Then as Matt said, it’s on to mentorship where you teach an actual course; with a mentor shadowing you for two courses...it appears you stay in contact with the mentor frequently during this time.

    Where do I stand in all of this? Well, I just completed the faculty training labs; Monday actually, and they said I should hear something in about two weeks, hopefully I will but whether I do, is anybody's guess.

    After reading many posts about UoP/Axia and the herky-jerky stops and starts some are experiencing, I can only guess, so here goes:

    1. In the questionnaire they ask about if you can have consistent "office hours", of course they must feel it is important to answer student questions
    etc. I'm pretty good in that aspect....I feel "office hours" is a tie breaker, it a question too early in the interview process for it not to be.

    2. I believe.... and I could be wrong but a very proactive recruiter helps, this may be where some people are hitting the “Herky-Jerky" because recruiters leave, or move up; paper work gets shuffled etc. But it probably could be anything, such as anticipated student load... etc.

    All the best,
    Gavin
     
  8. bamafan

    bamafan New Member

    How long after you received the email requesting your resume did you hear back from them?
     
  9. buckwheat3

    buckwheat3 Master of the Obvious

    Maybe two weeks
     
  10. bamafan

    bamafan New Member

    After reviewing their site today, Axia has re-listed the humanities position. Perhaps it was a mistake that it was taken down. I am very curious to see if I make it to the next step.
     
  11. truckie270

    truckie270 New Member

    I am a faculty mentor for UOP. When a class is assigned the mentorship is also assigned. The mentor makes contact two weeks before the course and the mentee has a list of task to complete in those weeks. At any time in the prep phase or during class if the mentee is not meeting expectations the mentorship can be canceled by the mentor and the mentee is usually given a "thanks for your time" and released. At UOP the mentor only evaluates one course, but stays in constant contact with the mentee throughout the process.
     
  12. truckie270

    truckie270 New Member

    I would not read too much into the HR postings at UOP/Axia as the need fluctuates so much.
     
  13. buckwheat3

    buckwheat3 Master of the Obvious

    Bama,
    You probably will! I was in a class of about 10 people, one crapped out in phase one of the training...just simply quit posting assignments.
    In phase two of training, I was in another class of about 10 people, some were from the previous class, and some were not. A few had PhD’s and were teaching History, English (writing composition) and I think one or two had MBA's and were teaching Business.

    Two ladies, one with a PhD in history, the other had a her master's degree (online) from the College in Vermont that has a large online presence in history...groan... the name escapes me.

    All told there were three of us slated to teach history.
    Neither rhyme nor reason as to who they select, it looks like they like a diverse group.
    All the best,
    Gavin
     
  14. bamafan

    bamafan New Member

    Buck,
    So from reading your previous post you are in the process of getting to your first class correct? Any idea what exactly you will be teaching as far as specific coursework? I notice your MA "thingy" in history was awarded in 2008. My MS history was awarded in 2008 as well, so I guess that means Axia has relaxed the "two year rule."



     
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  15. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Distance learning schools from Vermont with large online presences include Goddard College www.goddard.edu , Norwich University www.norwich.edu , and Vermont College www.tui.edu . Vermont College was once an independent institution but then they sold themselves to Norwich University and became Vermont College of Norwich University. Then Norwich University sold Vermont College to the Union Institute and it became Vermont College of the Union Institute. For awhile after that sale, Norwich had no graduate programs other than the MBA, though they have since organized an MA in Military History and other graduate programs. Meanwhile, Vermont College of the Union Institute morphed into Virtual Vermont. Then, the Union Institute sold Vermont College, which has now become Vermont College of Fine Arts. Vermont College of Fine Arts now has Vermont College's MFA programs while the Union Institute has retained Vermont College's old MA in Individualized Studies/History and other graduate programs.
     
  16. buckwheat3

    buckwheat3 Master of the Obvious

    Thanks Ted!

    H-Bomb Ted to the rescue again! I believe it was Norwich she graduated from.

    Bama,
    It is US History 1945 to Present... I just check my Axia email a few mins. ago, I was passed onto the mentorship phase.

    They might have relaxed the two-year rule, unless they take into account my years of experience before earning my MA...maybe so, maybe not.

    As to when I get a chance in the classroom, it appears to be within 45 days tops (by the information they provide about the mentorship phase of training)
    I can say without a doubt, the training is more intensive than with another community college I went through recently.
    All the best,
    Gavin
     
  17. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Was she a graduate of the old MA Individualized Studies/History at Vermont College of Norwich University or the new MA Military History at Norwich University?
     
  18. buckwheat3

    buckwheat3 Master of the Obvious

    Ted,
    Not sure, but my hunch would be with Individualized Studies
     
  19. bamafan

    bamafan New Member

    Well today I was contacted by UoP and asked to complete a twelve question online interview. I completed and returned it this evening. Hey Buckwheat, what should I expect next?
     
  20. buckwheat3

    buckwheat3 Master of the Obvious

    Bama,
    I think your next contact will be via email, to schedule a phone interview within a week (give or take a few days). The phone interview lasts about 20-30 mins if I remember correctly.

    All the best,
    Gavin
     

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