ERIC Number: EJ1065650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
Community Colleges Friendlier to Online Ph.D.'s
Guendoo, Leon M.
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, v11 n3 Fall 2008
Those with online PhD's stand a better chance of being hired by a community college than by other colleges or universities when seeking a faculty position. In a 2007 study, administrators of some of the largest community colleges in the United States indicated that they were receptive to hiring applicants with online doctorates for teaching positions once the candidate possessed the "total package elements," namely teaching experience, publications, presentations, and demonstrated professional service. The investigation of the community college perspective on possible institutional bias surrounding the online doctorate was prompted by an earlier study which concluded that those applying for faculty positions in higher education institutions would have only a slim chance of obtaining employment if they had earned their doctorate solely online. Despite concerns about accreditation, face-to-face interaction, academic experience, mentoring, faculty preparation, and diploma mills, the group community college administrators in this Delphi study overwhelmingly confirmed that they did not view the online doctoral credential as a disadvantage to the candidate in a hiring situation.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, College Faculty, Doctoral Degrees, Educational Attainment, Personnel Selection, Online Courses, Virtual Universities, Teacher Qualifications, Accreditation (Institutions), Interaction, College Administration, Deans, Department Heads, Online Surveys, Course Content, Outcomes of Education, Ethics, Mentors, Employment Qualifications, Distance Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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