Why would U of P reject my application to teach part-time and online? I don't have any definite answers, but I'll engage in some speculation:
Speculation 1: I wonder if U of P really wants folks like me to teach their courses. People with Ph.D.'s and lots of experience in both developing and teaching online (and on-ground) courses. Academics are accustomed to, and expect, a degree of autonomy developing and teaching our courses. I think this autonomy goes against the U of P model of pre-developed courses and rigorous monitoring and evaluation of its professors. For the University of Phoenix I was, (and am) perfectly willing to conform to their systems and methods, as part of my rationale for applying to teach is to understand and learn from their model. But I'm guessing that 'academic types' like me are not worth the hassle.
Speculation 2: Perhaps U of P would prefer to recruit faculty from the ranks of working professionals as opposed to academia. Graduates of U of P, for the most part, will not be looking to apply for jobs or promotions in higher ed. I don't know this for a fact, but I'm guessing that most U of P part-time instructors are not full-time academics, but rather working in the sorts of positions that the U of P students aspire to.
What do you think these speculations for my rejection? Can you add any to the list? Have you been rejected by U of P as well? Have you been accepted?
Monday, February 08, 2010
What Does it Take to Teach for University of Phoenix?
Joshua Kim, a senior learning technologist and an adjunct in sociology at Dartmouth College, writes the Teaching and Learning blog at Inside Higher Ed. Recently, Kim, who holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University, applied to be at adjunct for the University of Phoenix. He was stunned when Phoenix rejected him. Here's his speculation as to why - Rejected by U of P