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Teaching at a University?

June 8th, 2015 at 07:06 am

So, I have been at my current job for over 9 years now. I am the CFO in our county public schools. I make a really, really good salary that I have quite honestly earned throughout the years. I have been content until recently so I started looking elsewhere. However, my options are quite limited because I need to stay within our state retirement system... this means that unless I plan on moving, which I do not, the only real option for me is to look at the local university here. So, I've been looking each week at their job postings. I sent in my resume a couple of weeks ago for a position teaching undergraduate business courses. I have been contacted that I am a serious candidate for them and they were going forward in checking my references. It would be a great opportunity and change for me... however, I am quite hesitant because of the salary difference. This teaching job would pay about $40k less than what I am currently making! I doubt I will take the job just because of this detail alone but it is still something I want to consider... any advice from anyone out there that may be teaching at the university level? Pros/cons?

6 Responses to “Teaching at a University?”

  1. snafu Says:

    There is a significant change in responsibilities, hours worked and lack of tenure to consider. In our system student ratings are significant and if there are insufficient students the class will be cancelled. Instructors are expected to carry out research and the majority do consultation with an appropriate segment of the business community for both income and exposure.

  2. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Go for it. After all if you would enjoy it more. What's the worse that could happen?

  3. Kiki Says:

    Can you teach part time in the evenings?

  4. My English Castle Says:

    As a regular full time faculty member or an adjunct? Neither have much stability these days. And most tenure-track teaching jobs, besides the significant research and publication demands, also entail advising, meeting with colleagues, faculty governance and the like. It's a long long road to tenure too. I love my job, but it also is a very difficult environment. And as you see, the money is awful.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Did you get the job? Haven't heard from you in awhile, so just curious. Smile

  6. all4money Says:

    @creditcardfree Hi! I was offered the job but could not take it... too much of a pay cut. They said they would keep me in mind if ever an adjunct position came open though Smile

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