I’m an attorney/CPA that moved from an active transactional law practice to teaching full time five years ago at a Tier 2 research university as a lecturer teaching the intro accounting classes plus individual tax. Due to our accreditation, I not only teach full time, I have to maintain some level of ‘involvement’ in the industry which my department has defined as a part time accounting job. I also am heavily encouraged to publish so that I can be counted as a scholarly practitioner. So my workload is significant. I have published, though not in the traditional industry publications, I used my status as an attorney to publish in a law review which at this point has met their expectations. Despite my publication and teaching load, I still get paid as a lecturer which has prompted me to consider pursuing more education so that I can go after tenure track positions. With this thought I started looking at LL.M. in taxation programs several of which are offered online at highly respected law schools. But after discussing the possibilities with my Dept chair, I was encouraged to look at a PhD or DBA program. I’ve found a few hybrid programs that would work with my schedule but I’m not in a position to move for this, I have to keep working and family will keep me stationary for the midterm. So my question is - will a DBA get me that much more leverage? Or will the combo of JD/CPA/LLM be sufficient to get a TT position? My interest lies more in tax than business administration, and the DBA would take twice as long at twice the cost.