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Not a Bad Gig: Academic Careers at Two-Year Colleges


Rob Jenkins, Georgia State University Perimeter College

A graphic for the "Not a Bad Gig: Academic Careers at Two-Year Colleges" event on October 18.

Everyone knows the higher education job market is...challenging. But did you know two-year colleges make up about a third of the market? For that reason alone, master's and doctoral students interested in academic careers should at least consider applying at two-year colleges. But there are other good reasons, too, especially for people who enjoy teaching and working with underserved students. This workshop, led by an expert on two-year colleges, will explore the pros and cons of two-year college academic careers, empowering participants to decide for themselves whether this route appeals to them. It will also cover the mechanics of applying to and interviewing at a two-year college, along with expectations and opportunities for two-year college faculty.

Rob Jenkins

SPEAKER BIO: Rob Jenkins has spent over 35 years at five different two-year colleges in four states, as a faculty member, a department chair, and an academic dean. For 15 years, he wrote the popular "Two-Year Track" column for The Chronicle of Higher Education, to which he still contributes occasionally. He is also the author of six books, including Building a Career in America's Community Colleges and Welcome to My Classroom. Rob currently serves as an associate professor of English at Perimeter College of Georgia State University, in metro Atlanta.



This workshop is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science and The Graduate School at Duke University.


College Teaching Workshops, Professional Adaptability, Professional Development, Teaching and Mentoring