When I speak with doctoral students about faculty careers at two-year colleges, I’m routinely asked some version of, “How does looking for a job there compare with applying to a four-year college?”
If I’m talking with 50 students, probably at least 40 of them are planning to apply to both two-year and four-year institutions, so it’s a good question. Graduate students seem to grasp intuitively that they can’t just take a one-size-fits-all approach to the job search, yet they’re not quite sure what they need to do differently.
That’s probably because, while some graduate schools and departments do a decent job of preparing students for the four-year market (by “four-year,” I’m referring to the type of institution, not the duration of the search … I think), few offer advice on applying to two-year colleges.
Let’s fill that gap. Here are some of the key differences between looking for full-time, tenure-track jobs at community colleges versus four-year institutions: <Read more.>