15 years ago
swhertzberg

How to get a teaching position at a community college?

I have a BA in Anthropology and I am finishing my MA in Human Sexuality Studies. I am very very interested in teaching at a JC or community college. I know right off the bat I am going to have difficulty getting equivalency status granted to teach Anthropology. However, that aside, are there any tips to securing a teaching position when I will be competing with MA's and PhD's in Anthro? I am interested in the Los Rios Community College district in Sacramento, CA and will be moving up there after I get married next summer. I know that being a part of the community is key to the community college atmosphere and experience, and I will be trying to do that in whatever way possible. Any other tips or ideas on how to get a teaching position at a JC?
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15 years ago
Emmavoberry
The first answer is very complete and certainly conforms to my own experience and knowledge. As the respondent mentioned, teaching experience is really a factor. If you can get a graduate T.A. position, that would help. Also, consider a first teaching experience at a vocational college. For instance, art colleges and business colleges that award AA and BA degrees must offer general education courses. Try independent colleges too--there are independent professional schools for adults in psychology, for instance. Research on the internet. You would probably be qualified to teach something in the social sciences or perhaps courses listed under "liberal studies." If you want to teach high school, try private high schools first(I'm assuming you don't have a secondary teachng credential)--these schools prize the M.A. even above the Secondary Credential. True, the adjuncts are the serfs at universities, but not as much so at all at CCs. As long as you keep trying for a full-time CC job--don't work so hard as an adjunct that you can't continue to work on your professional development...
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15 years ago
Anonymous
Ask Los Rios CC? Do they even have an opening?
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