Recent Walden MBA looking for online teaching position

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by rcox81, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. rcox81

    rcox81 New Member

    I just finished the MBA program at Walden and I would like to start teaching in an online environment at any level. I have three years day trading experience and 2 years teaching English to all age levels (in South Korea). My BA was in History from the University of Connecticut. I am looking at DBA and DPA programs now and would finish that alongside the online teaching.

    Will it be hard for me to find a position?

    Where is the best place to start looking?

  2. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Good Luck

    The University of Phoenix and the University of Maryland University College are considered the go-to places where an inexperienced professor can get adjuncting experience. It is good that you have three years experience; two years experience is often the threshhold for adjuncting positions. Look up the Chronicle of Higher Education; they advertise academic job openings. Also, you might want to look up Adjunct Nation. Our fellow august Senior Member Anthony (Tony) Pina has an absolutely wonderful piece of advice (an essay) on how to get hired for teaching positions.
  3. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    I went ahead and PMed Tony for you. Hopefully, he will materialize. :)
  4. rcox81

    rcox81 New Member

    Thanks Ted

    Im anxious to get going. :)
  5. rcox81

    rcox81 New Member

    I looked at the Univ. of Maryland site and it looks like they want terminal degrees. I am mostly curious if my qualifications are going to be good enough right now. How likely is it to find a position without having a PHD and only a few years experience?

  6. le_vietlong@yahoo.

    [email protected] New Member

    To teach onine for University of Phoenix, one has to satisfy two things:
    1. Be an American --> I'm not (Vietnamese).
    2. Have a regionally accredited Masters (at least) --> My CSU Masters is a nationally accred one.
    Any online universities else where I am eligible to apply.
  7. rcox81

    rcox81 New Member

    Your first point is something else I was curious about. I am an American citizen but I left the country to teach in Asia at age 26. I am still there now and it looks like an online teacher has to actually be living in the US to be considered for teaching. Am I misunderstanding this?
  8. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    I'm not sure why a distance learning professor would need to be living in the US. Are there any American universities with presences in Vietnam? I seem to remember an old thread about Northcentral University in Arizona having a campus in Vietnam (or an arrangement with a Vietnamese school or something). Could you teach for an Australian school? Many Aussie schools have Asian presences and they're big on DL.
  9. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Being in Asia, would you get a more sympathetic hearing looking for a professorship in a university in another Asian country?

    China: Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Open University
    India: University of Delhi, Indirha Ghandi National Open University, Madurai Kamaraj University
    Japan: Rikkyo University (aka Saint Paul University)
    Malaysia: University Sans Malaysia
    Thailand: Assumption University

    NOTE: My beloved alma mater City University of Seattle has (or at least had, when I was there, a Japanese campus).
  10. Shelly1

    Shelly1 New Member

    Hello Ted, I tried to PM you but your box was full, I was hoping to also receive the information you mentioned in one of the forums from Tony. Could you ask him to send me the essay also or a link to it, as someone who is just getting into online adjuncting I think this will be great to read. Thank you.

  11. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Found about 10 out of 40 PMs that I could live with deleting. I'm now only 75% full and able to receive new PMs.
  12. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Tony does have an essay on thread (though that one seems a bit shorter than the one I'm remembering). I'll shoot Tony another PM. Or maybe see if I can find him over at degreediscussion.

    EDIT: Tony's super-fantabulous essay on academic hiring is living here:
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  13. Anthony Pina

    Anthony Pina Active Member

    Thank you, Ted, for going to the trouble of searching out this previous post of mine (see what great folks we have at Degreeinfo!). I would still endorse everything that I said on these earlier posts. The three criteria of teaching, scholarship and service are used for hiring and promoting faculty--particularly at the university level.

    Your MBA would qualify you to teach as an adjunct for most community colleges and with some universities. However, the current job market is such that the competition for adjunct teaching positions is stiffer than usual, especially in areas like business. This, of course, is great news for people like me, since my institution's online programs are growing and I am looking at hiring a number of new adjunct faculty to teach online for me.

    I receive multiple resumes and curriculum vitae each week, mostly by candidates with doctoral degrees, real-world practical experience and some online teaching experience. Since our accrediting agency (SACS) looks at how many terminally-degreed faculty are on our roster, we have a definite bias toward those with doctorates. For our business faculty, we do not descriminate between PhD and DBA holders, since the regional and business education accrediting agencies do not.
  14. mbaonline

    mbaonline New Member

    I have both of these responses from Dr. Pina copied and saved in my resource file.

    NB: It is interesting to note that in the 2005 thread, poster HAN is asking questions and now Han is a TT professor with an AACSB DBA. She obviously took Dr. Pina's advice and applied it and has been sucessful. One of the benefits of being a contributor to this forum.
  15. Anthony Pina

    Anthony Pina Active Member

    I have benefited many times from articles and information posted by generous Degreeinfo members, so I like to help whenever I can. This kind of exchange is one of the benefits of this type of forum.
  16. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    It looks like you would need to find a good specialization in order to be more competitive. Most online adjunct positions look for specialized teachers. The PhD or DBA might help but in my experience, most of the schools look for people with a specific specialty. Most schools right now look for adjuncts with Accounting certifications like CMA or CPA, finance like CFA, project management as PMP or IT certifications like CISSP or CISA. Also, as the number of MBA graduates are increasing due to the proliferation of online programs, most schools won't touch you if you don't have at least a DBA or PhD even for undergraduate teaching.
  17. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    Not really an American but the right to work in the US. This means that as Vietnamese you can still qualify as long as you get a work permit but given the current economy this is not an easy thing.
    I have worked for few American schools as Canadian and I have noticed few people from India or other countries working for American schools but most of them with impressive credentials.
    If teaching online is your goal, I would suggest to get a PhD from a solid institution. It doesn't have to be an American PhD but it has to come from school with some reputation.
  18. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    Some schools ask for this mainly because they want people with reliable internet connections and mail address in case they need to send you books. My suggestion is to get a VoIP phone with an American area code and a mail forwarding service with an American address. You don't have to tell them that you don't live in the US as long as you have a SIN that can help them to put you on a payroll.

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