RE: An inquiry for academics

Subject: RE: An inquiry for academics
From: Janet Valade <janetv -at- systech -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 14:29:59 -0700

Are you familiar with a publication called "The Chronicle of Higher
Education"? This is the trade journal for faculty in higher education. It is
published weekly in newspaper format. Gazillions of jobs are listed. Their
web site is: If you are not a subscriber, you
can only see last week's issue, not the current issue. However, filling jobs
in higher education is a very lengthy process. You can find out the state of
the field by reading the Chronicle.

There is also a site with jobs in higher education at:

The type of college matters a lot. Major universities that offer PhDs are
research oriented and unlikely to hire anyone without a PhD. They look to
see what research you have published. Four year colleges that only offer
Bachelor degrees, or possibly Masters, are more teaching oriented and more
likely to consider hiring someone with a Masters if they have teaching

You may have to go to the Community College system to find a teaching job. I
know that community colleges are always in need of teachers, especially
those located in rural areas. They look for a background that includes
teaching experience. Most will probably need to see a Masters degree.
Publication of articles help. Publication of articles in academic research
journals helps even more. The following page has links to 1000 community
colleges. Each college web site will list their job openings.

Another option, or perhaps a way to break in, is to teach on a course basis.
Sign on for one or two classes. It is a way to build documented teaching
experience and to get a foot in the door.

If you are really serious, start the PhD now. A resume that says "PhD, in
progress" is more marketable that one with a cover letter that says "hire
me, then I will get a PhD".


Janet Valade
Technical Writer
Systech Corporation, San Diego, CA
mailto:janetv -at- systech -dot- com

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