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    How to Land Your FirstAcademic Job,

    Build Credibility,and Earn a

    Six-Figure Salary


    John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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  • MakeMoney


    How to Land Your FirstAcademic Job,

    Build Credibility,and Earn a

    Six-Figure Salary


    John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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  • Copyright 2007 by Danielle Babb and Jim Mirabella.All rights reserved.

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  • To my husband, Matt. Hes the love of my life, has changed my world for-ever, and has shown me what a blessing it is to have the support of thoseyou love. He is an inspiration to me in more ways than words can describe.


    To Karen, my best friend and loving wife of 15 years, who has given meunending support with my profession, and to my beautiful son, Sean, whoreminds me every day that I made the right choice. God bless them both!


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  • Contents

    Acknowledgments xiii

    Chapter 1Introduction to Online Teaching 1Our Experiences 2A Message from Dani 2A Message from Jim 5Substantial Opportunity Awaits 7Can I Do This? 8But Ive Never Taught Online Before! 8Who Can Teach? 9Doctoral Degrees 9Masters Degrees 10Bachelors Degrees 10Former Military 11Professionals 11Homemakers or Stay-at-Home Parents 12Retired Individuals 12Physically Disabled 13

    Chapter 2Online Schools:Are They for Real? 15Is Online Education for Real? 16Are Online Schools Less Rigorous? 17Can a Student Really Learn College-Level

    Material Online? 17


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  • Can a Professor Really Teach This Way? 19Online Degree Legitimacy in Corporate America 20Can You Get Hired to Teach with Just an

    Online Degree? 21Are All Online Schools Accredited? 22What Kinds of Colleges Are Offering Online Courses? 23Diploma Mills and Scams 25Red Flags for Bad Eggs 27Why Do People Teach Online? 29So,Whats the Catch? 30

    Chapter 3Preparing Yourself for Teaching Opportunities 35Getting Your Masters Degree 36Enrollment 40Getting Your Doctoral Degree 42Completion of Doctoral Programs 42Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 44Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) 44Doctor of Education (EdD) 45

    Chapter 4Types of Online Teaching Jobs 47ExperienceNeeded or Not? 47Why Do Schools Want Adjuncts? 49What Types of Positions Are Available Online? 52Requirements of Various Programs 53Online High Schools 55What Do You Need to Begin? 56Upsides and Downsides to Adjunct Life 57What Is Required of Adjuncts at Most Schools? 61Time Is Money: Balancing the Load and

    Evaluating Your Real Rate of Return 65How Many Schools Should You Work For? 66Personality, Strengths, and Marketing Yourself 67



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  • Chapter 5How Much Can I Earn? 69What Influences Your Pay? 70What Can I Expect to Make for My Work? 72How to Make Extra Money 73

    Chapter 6The Hunt: Finding Your First Job 75Locating Schools 75Finding Programs to Teach In 77Hierarchys Role in Finding Your Contact 77Human Resources 78Direct Contacts 79Using Direct Contacts 79Preparing Documents for Fast Submission 82Sample Documents 84

    Chapter 7The Interview:What Universities Look For 115Interview Processes of Online Schools 116What to Expect:What Do Deans Want? 124On the Inside Track: From the Mouth of a Dean 127Addressing Your Strengths 129What to Do with Limited Experience 133Proving Responsiveness 134Odd Requests and How to Handle Them 140

    Chapter 8Sealing the Deal,Training, and Your First Class 145What Next? 145Salary or Contract Negotiation 146What to Expect 147The Training Program 147Types of Training 148Communicating with Your Trainer 150Length of Training Process 151Proving Yourself to the Trainers and Your Chairperson 152Prepping for Your First Class 152



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  • Chapter 9Working as an Online Faculty Member 157Types of SystemsKnowing the Difference 159Time MatrixPay versus Workload 167Three University Situations 174Communication Is Key 176Continuously Do What Comes Easily and What

    Youre Good At 178Using E-MailNot the Phone! 179Life as an AdjunctBalancing Work and Home 180

    Chapter 10Must-Have Technologies 183Internet Access 184Computers 185Backups 187Organization Systems and PDAs 189Newsgroup Software 190Cellular Phones 190Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) 191Unified Messaging 192Comfortable and Ergonomic Workstation Setups 193Conference Phones 193Instant Messaging 193FaxElectronic and Traditional 194PDF Converters 195Scanners 195Printers 196Backup Internet Providers 196Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) 197Wireless at Home 197Virus Protection 198Antispam 198E-Mail Accounts with In-Box High Limits 199Professional Web Sites 200



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  • Antispyware Software 201Office Suites 201Backup Hard Drives 202Password Storage 202Software and Keys 202Minimum School Requirements Example 203Making Your Life Easier and the Students Happier 204Setting Up a System to Support Flexibility and Travel 205

    Chapter 11Maintaining Relationships and Growing Your Business 207Personal Motivation 208Keys to Successful Relationships in a Virtual World 209Varying Demands by University 211Keeping Everyone Happy 212Getting Organized 214Additional Work Opportunities within the

    Schools You Work For 214Lessons Learned 215Adding Opportunities at New Universities 218Managing Your Cash Flow:The Ups and Downs

    of Contract Work 219Not All Teaching Opportunities Are Created Equal 222Referring Others 223Go for It! 224

    Sources 227

    Index 231



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  • Acknowledgments

    To my co-author and dear friend, Jim; for his love of the profession and forbelieving in the integrity of our careers.And to his wife Karen for puttingup with our project while we worked late and undoubtedly sacrificedfamily time.

    To Bob Diforio, the most fantastic agent a person can ask for! He keptme in line, believed in us and gave us his best effort and expertise. I hopeto meet you one day!

    To Arlene, for her undying friendship, for love through good times andbad, and for always giving it to me straight.

    To Alex for being one of my best friends, for keeping me motivated,for making me think beyond the obvious, for sharing a passion for life thatnot many do, and for getting it.Thanks for making me laugh, even whenits at my expense!

    Last but not least, to my family, who above all else always made me feelas though anything in the world was possible with enough hard work.Al-though I didnt become an astronaut, a judge, or any of my other child-hood passions, their points made it across loud and clear.

    Especially, to my grandfather, who is a never-ending supply of supportand true loving inspiration.