What doctorate should I get to be adjunct professor

Discussion in 'Online & DL Teaching' started by cmjcolucci, Sep 14, 2011.

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  1. cmjcolucci

    cmjcolucci New Member

    I have a BBA in management. I also have an MBA in management. I want to teach classes online as an adjunct professor. I am exploring doctorate programs. I know a lot about management and have taken SEVERAL management courses. I am debating between a DBA and Ed.D. What would look better for my resume? I want to teach management classes so that makes me think a DBA would be better. And I do not want to teach education classes. I just wonder if an Ed.D in online learning would look better on resume rather than DBA? Would a degree in online learning be more beneficial to get HIRED? Or a degree in the subject I already know so much about?
     
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Why in the world would you pay forty thousand dollars for a DBA that lets you make two grand per course as an adjunct? Not to mention the opportunity cost that comes from spending four years on that rather than some other activity?
     
  3. Princeofska

    Princeofska New Member

    I would have to agree with Steve. Unless you have oodles of cash lying around and are doing it just for enjoyment, I see no sense in getting a doctorate just to adjunct. Most people who go for doctorates have full time education jobs in mind. If that is the route you are thinking of taking, i would get the EdD. It is easier, and more versatile in obtaining a job in higher ed - either in teaching or administration.
     
  4. cmjcolucci

    cmjcolucci New Member

    My education is paid for. I wont be wasting any money. And a doctorate degree would give me a competitive advantage over other adjunct professors. That is the career I want to pursue.
     
  5. cmjcolucci

    cmjcolucci New Member

    Thanks priceofska. What makes an EdD easier as opposed to a DBA?
     
  6. cmjcolucci

    cmjcolucci New Member

    I don't have to pay for it personally and I want to be an adjunct professor. Having a doctorate will give me an advantage over those who do not.
     
  7. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    And how is getting an EdD going to help you get job teaching management?
     
  8. cmjcolucci

    cmjcolucci New Member

    In order to teach a subject, you need to have a certain number of credits in that specific subject. My masters degree already meets this requirement. I'm hoping an EdD in online learning would help me stand out as an applicant, in order to teach online classes.
     
  9. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    As I posted in the other discussion -
    I suggest the DBA but you can also consider a different topic to expand the teaching opportunities. If you already have an MBA in Management, why not a DBA in Finance or HR or something else.
     
  10. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    The 18 hours concentration in a master's degree is just the minimum. But be assured that you will face competition from other applicants who hold doctorates in management. The EdD in Online Learning isn't going to be of much help getting a job teaching online unless you want to teach classes on online learning and on one of your three threads on this topic you've already said you do not want to teach education classes.
     
  11. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Everything we've heard about earning doctoral degrees (from legitimate schools) indicates that it's a very difficult process that requires a sustained and focused effort over the course of several (3-5) years. I suppose that if you've got nothing else to do in your life then it's just like going to work everyday but most of our members are making this effort on top of a full-time job. My point is this. In order to complete the process (please see PHinisheD.com) you have to have a very strong interest in your subject area. You seem more interested in how your resume will look as opposed to pursuing a subject of real interest. I'd like to suggest that you make your decision based upon what interests you, not how things will appear if you actually complete the journey.
     
  12. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately, education has become a commodity and titles are more like marketing tools rather than research degrees for people interested in contributing to knowledge.

    Just today, I had a student that is completing a DBA asking me what PhD to do as he feels that a PhD on top a DBA might look more impressive on a resume.

    There is also the question about how much money you would make with a PhD in a certain field when we know that most PhDs don't add much to ones salaries as they are meant to prepare you to contribute to knowledge rather than making more money.

    PhDs, EdD, DBAs, MBAs, etc are becoming products that are meant to dress a resume and are losing the value that once they had of training people that can contribute to knowledge.
     
  13. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Fair enough. Well then, as someone who's earning an EdD and who participates in the adjunct hiring process at my institution, I would definitely advise you to do the DBA, preferably ensuring you have at least eighteen semester hours in Finance or Accounting.
     
  14. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    It doesn't help that at least as a default, someone with a Master's and a ton of experience isn't considered qualified to teach a Master's level course. I know institutions can make exceptions, but even so it's really an artificial incentive for people to get that last degree even when there's no reason to think it will make them better instructors.
     
  15. Princeofska

    Princeofska New Member


    I jest, but I forgot the emoticon after the word easier ... I was a bit tired. All doctorates wear you out equally I think.
     
  16. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I'm ready to believe that you're right but what I was trying to say is that if you don't have a real interest in the subject it just has to make it less likely that you'll actually finish the program.
     
  17. truckie270

    truckie270 New Member

    I think you be better served getting some specialized credits in finance/accounting/other high-demand field - and then go get a Doctorate.

    You are not going to stand out among all of the people out there with degrees in "management" for adjunct opportunities with an MBA/Management concentration, even with a Doctorate. There is a significant over-supply of management adjuncts.
     
  18. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    i couldn't agree more, most adjunct positions that call for accounting and finance put more emphasis for a CMA, CPA or CFA rather a doctorate.

    I think that if one wants to pursue an adjunct career, it might be more cost effective to pursue one of the above certifications than a 60K online doctorate.
     

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