If you've taught at a community college and/or at a university in recent years, I'm interested in hearing about your experience (what did you like/dislike about it and why) and what trends you see developing in this level of the educational system. Good thing to get into or not so much? Why? Are there really Ph.D.'s who can't find work even at community colleges?
I know what the general popular opinions are, but I'd like to hear from those who have been on the inside.
It's something I considered once upon a time, but you hear stories about spending 5-6 years in a Ph.D. program and then "eeking out a living" by part-timing it at 3 different community colleges and making like 33k/year between the 3 colleges. Is that the reality of it or are those just the professors who can't connect in an interview and so they end up on the fringes?
One would think if you had a Ph.D. and could at least hold a fairly decent conversation and portray an ounce of confidence in an interview, that you'd at least be a "shoe-in" at the community college levels (unless oversaturation is really that big of a problem right now).