What am I doing wrong?

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by lecturer, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. lecturer

    lecturer New Member


    I am graduating this June with an MBA in finance. I am volunteer teaching GED part time in a classroom and teaching finance / economics online at an opensource univeristy for free. Its unaccredited.

    I am not even getting calls back when I keep applying for adjunct faculty positions.

    Any thoughts ?

  2. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    Do you have any real-world experience? Are you highlighting it on your resume? Some schools will not even look at you until you finish a masters degree. How long ago did you apply?
  3. consultco

    consultco New Member

    I have a question regarding the question put forth by the OP: might the 18-credits requirement come into play in this situation? A degree in finance may not include one subject area concentration, as is often true with the MBA.
  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    My thoughts are this: You have concluded that you are a rare commodity and that schools everywhere will be falling all over themselves to hire you.
    The reality is that "I don't even have my MBA yet" teaching applicants are a dime a dozen. I'm sorry to be the first one to tell you this but your skills are not rare at all. You don't even have your degree yet and you're asking why you're not being hired. Your expectations are unrealistic. Get in line. Keep trying.
  5. Dr.B

    Dr.B New Member

    To the comments of others, I would add that teaching at a nonaccredited institution might not play well on a vita. It might depend, somewhat, on the opensource, but that is something to consider, especially if the whole of your online teaching experience is by way of that particular institution...
  6. CJ Ed

    CJ Ed New Member

    This is not meant to be cruel. But it is not easy to get a paid teaching job. I have a J.D. Like your MBA, there are hundreds of thousands of others with J.D.s out there. MBAs, like professional degrees, are a dime a dozen. Everyone (or so it seems) wants to teach.

    Therefore, you need to have real world professional experience that sets you apart from the crowded field. While you accumulate your professional experience, continue to look for teaching opportunities in adult education. Build your C.V.

    Eventually, your combination of degree, real world experience, and teaching experience will prompt some institution to consider you for an adjunct position in higher education.

    Or, you could consider going on for a Ph.D. Just be certain that you do not get a Ph.D. in an already crowded field or you may be no better off than you are now.

    Just my two cents.
  7. racechick8293

    racechick8293 New Member

    If it makes you feel any better, the market is quite overcrowded at the moment. There are seemingly a million applicants for online teaching jobs; everyone seems to want to adjunct online currently. The perception exists that you can do little work in your pj's at any time that fits your schedule, and many are attempting to get the jobs that exist.
  8. scaredrain

    scaredrain Member

    I can tell that from my experience, if you do not have your graduate degree, then most universities and colleges will not even look at your resume. I would wait until June to start applying, after the degree is conferred. The minimum to be an adjunct at most colleges and universities is a masters degree in the subject you want to teach or a masters degree and 18 semester credit hours in the subject. Where I work, we have many soon to be graduate level degree holders, but we pass up on their resume if the degree is not actually conferred.
  9. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    When you apply for jobs, is your grammar similar to what you've demonstrated here at this forum? If so, a potential employer is apt to quickly hit the delete button. :eek:

    No offense is intended. :)
  10. lecturer

    lecturer New Member


    Thanks for the replies.

    I simply did not realize how competitive the adjunct jobs are. I assumed because they did not pay much there was less demand for them.

    After applying at close to 75 universities for positions in finance, I realize it may take many months or even years to get a job
  11. jack705

    jack705 New Member

    Since there is tough competition in this field that so many new graduates accomplish degrees every year, it has become difficult foe fresh graduates to settle themselves.
  12. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    One would think. I went to an adjunct faculty recruiting fair at a local community college not too long ago. There were literally thousands of people who showed up. All for the chance to make $300 a credit hour.

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