(Closed) Professor Bees

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Newbee

I’m not a professor, but I thought I would attempt to answer anyway. I’ve considered becoming a post-secondary professor myself, so I’ve done a lot of research and asked a lot of questions. I do know that a vast majority of post-secondary teaching jobs require a PhD in order to even be considered. I believe that community colleges might hire if you have a masters, but four-year universities and above will not. Can any professor bees confirm this?

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

@6thousandmiles:  Yes. You can be hired as a lecturer with a master’s degree, but not a professor. Nowadays, most students even pursue a postdoc before becoming a professor. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@cruziiq:  Academia is tough. You have to be willing to travel to where the teaching positions are; they are few. At my university, departments hire maybe once every 5-10 years, but of course it depends on the department and I don’t know much about business faculties. There’s a surplus of PhD students in most fields relative to the number of available teaching positions.

In a nutshell: look for a PhD programme that has a professor who is specialised in the field in which you would like to work. Contact them, review admissions, etc. Most programmes will expect you to have published, or at the very least done some solid independent research under academic supervision. I’m not sure an MBA is geared towards academia, so you may have to get another master’s unless you did honours or something equivalent as an undergrad. And don’t even consider paying for a PhD degree; if you’re not competitive enough to get funded, you’re most likely not competitive enough for the field.

Don’t want to get you down, just be sure to know what you are getting into! Good luck 🙂

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