Pierce College Philadelphia has no openings so we don't know what they need for a faculty job https://www.peirce.edu/about-peirce/additional-resources/careers-at-peirce Pierce College WA has openings that do not require a PhD such as the post below. This suggests that maybe be the people that you cited from this college might have not be required to have a PhD for the job. We would not know for sure as we don't have jobs from the Philadelphia campus and you can argue that one campus needs a PhD while the other not but my experience tells me that normally hiring policies are uniform across campuses. It is fine if you are trying to show the value of the DL PhD but a cause effect relation does not seem to be established here in my opinion. Again, my opinion only. Assistant Professor of Computer Information Science (CIS) SAVE Pierce College Puyallup, WA, USA Apply on Geebo 13 days agoFull–time QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Bachelor's or Master's degree in any field with significant collegiate-level information technology coursework, and appropriate industry experience and certification(s) pertaining to enterprise level database development and administration and/or enterprise-level computer programming/applications development/systems development using current industry standard development techniques, systems, and languages. Must be eligible for Washington State professional/technical certification (a basic overview can be found here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=131-16-094; while not essential for the position, a Master's degree may satisfy certification requirements in some areas).