UIW online DBA

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by Hemgs, Apr 12, 2017.

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  1. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    The individual's motivation and skills play a big factor in the equation. It is not the same if a person is a CPA with a solid MBA and then goes and gets a doctorate from a low tier school. Most likely, this individual should be able to get a job no problem given that there are tons of unfilled accounting teaching positions every year. The same can be said about IT, Finance and other fields in demand.

    However, one has to be realistic, you cannot expect to have a DBA, MBA and BS from low tier schools, little work experience, no specializations and almost no skills and then land a job as a professor. There is no shortage of people that can teach basic classes, the shortage is of people that can bring skills that take time to develop.

    There is also the online factor, many people come to the forum with no face to face education but yet want to find a job at a bricks and mortar. I would be hesitant to hire a person with only online degrees and then give this person an opportunity to teach a face to face class as most likely this person would have no clue about how face to face class work.
     
  2. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    Your motivation plays a big factor. If you start teaching with your MBA and get credentials in demand (e.g. CPA, CFA), you should be able to get enough gigs even before you get your DBA.
    I have been teaching for more than 15 years now and half of this time without a doctorate. I am convinced that is the motivation, teaching ability and skills that matter the most.
    However, you need to be realistic, if you go with the low tier route, people with better degrees would have the advantage for many jobs that you apply and many times you will be turned down because your degree is not perceived as strong. Publications can help you to leverage this but the reality is that getting published in good journals is not an easy thing.
     
  3. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    Many small and no name schools would only care that the degree comes from a RA school. Many of these schools offer really low salaries (50K range) and high teaching loads so they don't attract enough qualified people.
    I would say that NCU, Capella, etc are at the same level of any non ranked school. If your school is not in the rankings, most likely people would be treated them the same as any non ranked school. Of course if the school has no campus and it is virtual, it would have even less impact in your CV.

    Most people that I know from schools like NCU, Walden, Capella end becoming faculty at another online school. I used to work at Walden as full time faculty and most of the full timers had degrees from places like this. It is logical, if you have a lot of online learning experience, another online school would be most likely interested.
     
  4. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    People with PhDs from USC and U Penn teaching at a trade school? I know things might be difficult but I am yet to see the evidence of this.

    First, I find difficult to see people with PhDs being able to teach at a trade school. It is not the same to teach a course in research methodology than a course in carpentry or electrical installations.
     
  5. Shane

    Shane New Member

     
  6. Shane

    Shane New Member


    Hemgs,

    Did you pursue the DBA at UIW? I have been accepted to this program, and need to make a decision before week’s end. Much like you I am looking to set myself up for a semi-retired career teaching at a community or satellite college and consulting on the side. I’m not sure if this will be the best preparation as it will take me seven years to complete if I want my employer to pay for it.
     
  7. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    For adjunct work, I believe this degree should be fine provided that you have good working experience and knowledge in the areas in demand such finance, accounting, analytics, etc.
    For full time, there are always schools with low salaries that cannot fill full time opportunities. If salary is not a concern, I think the degree could lead to a full time if you specialize in a field with demand. I know people with degrees from Russia, India, etc from schools with no name that find full time teaching opportunities at schools in the US in areas that pay high in industry and low in academia such as accounting, finance, IT, etc.
     

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