Rob Jenkins is a 31-year veteran of community colleges, having taught at seven different two-year institutions in five states. He also spent more than 20 years in administration, as a department chair, academic dean, and program director. Rob is perhaps best known for his widely-read “Two-Year Track” columns in The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as for his books Building a Career in America’s Community Colleges, Welcome to My Classroom, and The 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders (with Karl Haden). He has conducted workshops on two-year college careers at universities across the country, including Vanderbilt, Fordham, Brandeis, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn, Utah, Emory, and Georgia Tech, just to name a few. Rob currently serves as an associate professor of English at Georgia State University Perimeter College, outside Atlanta.
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About the Workshop
Pursuing an Academic Career at a Two-Year College
Everyone knows the academic job market stinks. But did you know that two-year colleges (often called community colleges) make up about a third of the higher education sector? That means anyone wishing to pursue a career in college teaching would be wise at least to consider applying at two-year schools.
In addition, there are other potential advantages to the community college route, such as its focus on teaching rather than research, career sustainability and advancement, and lifestyle. And don’t forget that most two-year colleges don’t require faculty members to have a doctorate. Excellent masters-prepared candidates are not only acceptable by highly encouraged.
Led by a career community college faculty member and administrator, this workshop covers all those topics in depth, along with answering the all-important question of how to navigate the application and interview process at a two-year college—which is very different from the process at research institutions. It also addresses, very candidly, the pros and cons of working at a community college, with detailed information about what’s expected of faculty members and keen insights into their daily life and work.
Who should attend?
- Graduate students in English, History, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Political Science, Mathematics and other disciplines traditionally taught at community colleges.
- Graduate students in education and student services who are also interested in working at a two-year college.
- Faculty members who teach in graduate programs and other advisors who work with graduate students.
- Deans, department chairs, program directors, and other administrators who are interested in helping graduate students navigate this career path.