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What tips can you give to people looking for higher ed careers?

I am currently a research fellow at university, and I am looking for university teaching jobs for the next semester. I have been working for a research institute that also has partnerships with some colleges and universities. I feel like now I am ready to move into other areas of high education jobs, and research work is also very closely aligned with the academe. I have already tried looking for some postings on http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/index.php?forums/job-seekers.84/, but I would really appreciate more information about college teaching jobs if you know some. Thanks in advance!

Alexa Spicer

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Justin Parker on May 30, 2018

It’s really hard to get a tenured position at a good college or university these days, so you’ll really have to spend some years first before getting a regular university teaching job. There are postings on websites like this http://www.academiccareers.com/ that have openings for college teaching jobs around the country. You can look for open positions that are in your state or other cities you are ready to relocate.

I also did some research work before I got into teaching. Of course, I am still involved in research but these days I spend more time teaching than doing research. There are a lot of ways to secure a higher education job, and I think that you are on the right path being a research associate. You get to build a good network of contacts in the academe, and you also need to be able to do good work so that you’ll be noticed by the colleges and universities that you want to attract. There is a good article that you can read for tips on getting a higher ed career https://www.capella.edu/blogs/cublog/how-to-get-a-job-teaching-in-higher-education/.

Since you’re already just starting out, and with the amount of competition out there, another strategy that you can use is by submitting papers to institutions, journals and colleges, and universities in your field. I usually check this site https://www.cfplist.com/  that has a regular call for papers and is read by a wide network of peers both from research and the academe. Having a good support group is also very helpful since teaching can be quite stressful at times, as you’re dealing with a lot of different people in the class. Being a college professor is different from teaching in high school or grade school since students in college are more opinionated and open to speaking their mind in class. However, it is also very fulfilling since you can learn just as much from your students as they do from you. Start looking into your contacts, and you can even reach out to your former professors if they know of any opportunities that they can refer you to, and who knows, pretty soon you might already be in front of the class as a teacher.  

Cynthia Baker2 years ago

I am also considering teaching jobs as one of my options when I graduate from college. I know that there are other opportunities for graduates like me, but I want to pursue higher studies in my field since there is still a lot more that I want to learn. As early as now I am already looking at websites like https://www.glassdoor.com/Job/us-teaching-assistant-professor-jobs-SRCH_IL.0,2_IN1_KO3,31.htm for teaching opportunities, but of course, my main consideration would be location since I have already shortlisted the universities I want to go to for my graduate studies. There are a lot of opportunities out there, especially if you know where to look. Aside from online postings, you can ask for your contacts or friends in different colleges or universities if they know any openings that you can try out for, or even try asking the college or university that you will be taking your Master’s in if they have placement programs for aspiring teachers like you. 


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