Teaching in Criminal Justice as Adjunct

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by friendorfoe, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    Hello all,

    I think I've brought this up before and searched it with negative results, but I have been wanting a MACJ or MSCJ (Criminal Justice) degree for a while to teach online or on campus undergrad Criminal Justice students....so to Bruce and anyone else who knows, I have the following questions.

    1.) Is online teaching or campus teaching so competitive that I'm spinning my wheels here?

    2.) Is a Masters enough in the "real" world of academia or is a PhD pretty much par for the course in Criminal Justice?

    3.) How difficult is it to land a teaching job as an adjunct?

    4.) If I earned an MPA and had 18 elective hours in Criminal Justice, would that be about as desirable as a MSCJ or MACJ?

    5.) Is it really worth the time and investment for the money you make in the long run?

    6.) Would a Master of Education Degree help or make any difference whatsoever?

    Thanks guys
  2. Mighty_Tiki

    Mighty_Tiki Member

    Hey my fellow Ashworth alum,
    I am not sure if this is any help or not but Peru State is looking for adjucts for CJ. There is a short blurb on the link that I just gave about what their requirements are for an adjuct, but maybe you may benefit from giving them a call and finding out more of what they look for in an adjunct. Good Luck!
  3. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    1) No, but it definitely goes in cycles. You'll see the Chronicle jobs page flooded with online CJ teaching opportunities, then it will dry-up for months. You just need to catch it at the right time.

    2) It depends on the school. Some have a rigid requirement for a doctorate, while some "prefer" a doctorate, while others still are fine with a Master's degree.

    3) Not particuarly difficult, if you apply at the right time.

    4) As desirable? All other things being equal, no. If you're applying for an adjunct CJ position with an M.P.A., you better have more extensive real-world experience than the other applicants who have a M.A. or M.S. in CJ. My faculty mentor at the University of Phoenix has an M.P.A., but he's also a lieutenant with a large police department who has his undergrad in CJ from a prestigious university.

    5) The only outlay for me was time. I had to go through paid faculty training, but the way I look at it, I spend a lot of time on the computer anyway, so I might as well get paid for it. I could make better money if I worked overtime, but then again, I can't work overtime in my living room while wearing pajamas. :cool:

    6) For an online position, probably not. You're certainly not going to get rich as an adjunct, so don't plan your life around it. I got my graduate degree mostly because of a very generous education incentive at work, and the online teaching was simply a bonus.
  4. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    Thanks guys, that does impact my choices....I had initially thought of getting an MACJ or MSCJ and adjuncting to pay for my MBA, MSCJ or whatever I eventually decide to get......and since I'm fresh out of a CJ program, I may just go ahead and do it.

    Now......the choice between APUS or Troy......hmmmmm

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