Online Faculty Position
The availability of an online faculty position is dependent on the number of students enrolled at a particular school. This reasoning seems simple enough, but given the current economic circumstances, which can turn a person’s hair white on certain days, it is a bit of reasoning that bears closer examination. There are questions that are specific to the creation and sustainability of an online faculty position.
Is the Online Faculty Position Readily Accessible?
At first blush, the answer to this question seems self-evident. Of course there are many college teachers already in possession of an online faculty position. However, many if not most of those positions do not come with any sort of reasonable benefits. This creates an economic problem for the Instructor who has to consider the bigger question of whether there will be more work in the future.
It is all well and good to say that there is a relatively large number of teachers already in an online faculty position, but it more difficult to determine if the new administration will invest extra funds in the creation of more educational opportunities, which will, ultimately increase the sheer number of positions. It is possible that a college teacher will be able to survive in the face of the developing economic thunderstorm if he or she can actually find more work.
The current thinking is that the number of students will noticeably spike before the end of this year, and that next year, 2009, there will be a tidal wave of students attending college as unemployment mounts higher and higher across the land.
Have a Plan for Prosperity
Now is the time to decide just how to take advantage of the potential increase in college student populations. It may well be that the dollar amount paid for an online faculty position will not rise. However, this lack of increase in the pay per class might be off set by an increase in the number of classes.
Does this mean the college instructor will work more for the same money? Yes, it does in many instances. Still, it is preferable to work all the time as opposed to going without material advantages such as heat and food. It is entirely possible that the best a college teacher can hope for is more work. If expectations of material comfort are lowered, and expectations of working twelve hours a day grading essays are increased, college teachers, especially those that teach the liberal arts courses, can prosper accordingly during the coming lean years.