Dan V

Adjunct at HKUST

Market demand and choosing a field to teach: Accounting, Philosophy, or Business/Management

Discussion started by Dan V on May 17, 2017

I'm looking to begin a career as a community college teacher. I'm 40 years old. I have an MA (ABD) in Philosophy and an MBA without a specialization. My goal is to get FT employment as soon as possible, whatever the field.
1) Is there anyway to take advantage of the fact that I'm (minimally) qualified to teach in two different departments? (When I apply to philosophy positions - whether adjunct or FT, the selection committee presumably doesn't care that I could also teach business.)
2) There seems to be a strong demand for accounting faculty, but my MBA - with only two acct courses - doesn't qualify me for those positions. I'm considering spending two years (and about $35,000) getting an MS in Accounting while teaching, say, one course per semester as an adjunct (probably in philosophy). Does this seem potentially worth it? What about just getting the minimum 18 hours in accounting without getting the degree?Just how much easier is it to get FT employment as accounting faculty than philosophy or general business?

Your input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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