SNHU Online adjuncting

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by rebel100, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Anyone have contacts or knowledge regarding SNHU?

    They are advertising for adjuncts in emergency management in an online trade journal but I don't see a direct link for EM style courses.

    Anyone work for SNHU or know how they manage the hiring of adjuncts there?
  2. La321

    La321 New Member

    I attend SNHU majoring in psychology. They have a live chat you can use just click on which degree you're interested in or use their contact us page. Their tuition is not that high. I came on here looking for a college and some people on this forum helped me decide their website is
  3. Gbssurvivor1

    Gbssurvivor1 Member

    I have applied for two jobs there and never received a word from them... Nada... And I have all kinds of academic and professional experience. I would have thought I would have at least received one of those generic, "Thank you for applying but we have decided to move forward with someone more qualified...." bla bla bla... :)
  4. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    I applied there twice and never received a response. When you start the application process, you will be asked to choose areas of teaching preference.

    At the top, you can click on "Adjunct Teaching Application" and also "Courses Offered" to get an idea of what you want to teach.
    Teach Online | Join our Adjunct Faculty | SNHU
  5. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    Yeah, I applied and only received the generic "we received your online application". I don't expect anything to come of it.
  6. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    It looks like all of their emergency management courses are listed under criminal justice and justice studies. I don't know if they're expecting the adjunct to have a criminal justice degree or what. Outside of pairing emergency management with homeland security, I would put emergency management under public administration before I would put it under criminal justice. They do have a disaster recovery course under public administration, though.
  7. mourningdove

    mourningdove New Member

    SNGU was my first online teaching job. I was there when they first started online courses and when they were SNH College. They didn't have any online degrees, only a handful of course. At first they didn't have dedicated educational software but used email and a general bulletin board from the Internet. This was quite crude, but it worked. I taught healthcare management and business courses. I worked for them for several years then stopped getting contracts. They said that the full-time faculty were taking over these classes and had more seniority than the adjuncts but they would notify me if openings came up. This was very disturbing to me as I was one of the pioneer educators at the start of SNHU online courses.
  8. Shawaq

    Shawaq New Member

    I taught there one term but declined the next few contracts they offered. The pay was ok, but there were so many other problems I decided it was not worth it. You teach with a canned curriculum. While that may seem easy, it is not, especially if the canned curriculum stinks. The work load for students varied widely per week, from laughable to impossible. The course organization was confusing for students. The assessment rubrics and major assignment instructions were vague and confusing. The syllabus and curriculum choices did not reflect contemporary approaches to the material. Blackboard was down several times per week. It was just a mess for me and my students, who were paying premium prices for their degrees.

    Couple that with frequent required unpaid trainings and a culture that sometimes advances students through course work even when they are not capable of doing it well, and you get the stereotypical DL that people in higher ed. worry about and poor working conditions for PT faculty. I think most of these problems stem from getting too big too fast. This school is a RA nonprofit that functions in some ways like a for-profit, and not in a good way. Maybe it has gotten better since I taught there.

    Look elsewhere is my advice. The best DL teaching gigs in my experience are ones that let you design your own courses. Those kinds of jobs are usually on offer at smaller schools just getting into DL. The pay may be a little less, but once you account for the PITA of administering poorly designed courses, your wage per hour is actually better.
  9. RacerBoy

    RacerBoy New Member

    I didn't do that yet. Hopefully will do within a few days of time.
  10. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Good luck!
  11. AuditGuy

    AuditGuy Member

    SNHU is decent to teach for. Mid to low on the pay, and mid to high on instructor requirements. The courses I teach are pretty well designed in my opinion, and the students (Graduate Accounting and HR courses) are better prepared then those at many places. Course assignments are steady. Pushed hard to make exceptions, extensions to students though.

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