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<ul><li><p>MakeMoney</p><p>TeachingOnline</p><p>How to Land Your FirstAcademic Job,</p><p>Build Credibility,and Earn a</p><p>Six-Figure Salary</p><p>DANIELLE BABB, PhDJIM MIRABELLA, DBA</p><p>John Wiley &amp; Sons, Inc.</p><p>ffirs.qxd 1/18/07 3:29 PM Page iii</p></li><li><p>ffirs.qxd 1/18/07 3:29 PM Page ii</p></li><li><p>MakeMoney</p><p>TeachingOnline</p><p>ffirs.qxd 1/18/07 3:29 PM Page i</p></li><li><p>ffirs.qxd 1/18/07 3:29 PM Page ii</p></li><li><p>MakeMoney</p><p>TeachingOnline</p><p>How to Land Your FirstAcademic Job,</p><p>Build Credibility,and Earn a</p><p>Six-Figure Salary</p><p>DANIELLE BABB, PhDJIM MIRABELLA, DBA</p><p>John Wiley &amp; Sons, Inc.</p><p>ffirs.qxd 1/18/07 3:29 PM Page iii</p></li><li><p>Copyright 2007 by Danielle Babb and Jim Mirabella.All rights reserved.</p><p>Published by John Wiley &amp; Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.</p><p>Published simultaneously in Canada.</p><p>Wiley Bicentennial Logo: Richard J. 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For more information about Wiley</p><p>products, visit our web site at</p><p>ISBN 978-0-470-10087-5</p><p>Printed in the United States of America.</p><p>10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1</p><p>ffirs.qxd 1/18/07 3:29 PM Page iv</p><p></p></li><li><p>To my husband, Matt. Hes the love of my life, has changed my world for-ever, and has shown me what a blessing it is to have the support of thoseyou love. He is an inspiration to me in more ways than words can describe.</p><p>Dani</p><p>To Karen, my best friend and loving wife of 15 years, who has given meunending support with my profession, and to my beautiful son, Sean, whoreminds me every day that I made the right choice. God bless them both!</p><p>Jim</p><p>ffirs.qxd 1/18/07 3:29 PM Page v</p></li><li><p>ffirs.qxd 1/18/07 3:29 PM Page vi</p></li><li><p>Contents</p><p>Acknowledgments xiii</p><p>Chapter 1Introduction to Online Teaching 1Our Experiences 2A Message from Dani 2A Message from Jim 5Substantial Opportunity Awaits 7Can I Do This? 8But Ive Never Taught Online Before! 8Who Can Teach? 9Doctoral Degrees 9Masters Degrees 10Bachelors Degrees 10Former Military 11Professionals 11Homemakers or Stay-at-Home Parents 12Retired Individuals 12Physically Disabled 13</p><p>Chapter 2Online Schools:Are They for Real? 15Is Online Education for Real? 16Are Online Schools Less Rigorous? 17Can a Student Really Learn College-Level </p><p>Material Online? 17</p><p>vii</p><p>ftoc.qxd 1/18/07 3:23 PM Page vii</p></li><li><p>Can a Professor Really Teach This Way? 19Online Degree Legitimacy in Corporate America 20Can You Get Hired to Teach with Just an </p><p>Online Degree? 21Are All Online Schools Accredited? 22What Kinds of Colleges Are Offering Online Courses? 23Diploma Mills and Scams 25Red Flags for Bad Eggs 27Why Do People Teach Online? 29So,Whats the Catch? 30</p><p>Chapter 3Preparing Yourself for Teaching Opportunities 35Getting Your Masters Degree 36Enrollment 40Getting Your Doctoral Degree 42Completion of Doctoral Programs 42Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 44Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) 44Doctor of Education (EdD) 45</p><p>Chapter 4Types of Online Teaching Jobs 47ExperienceNeeded or Not? 47Why Do Schools Want Adjuncts? 49What Types of Positions Are Available Online? 52Requirements of Various Programs 53Online High Schools 55What Do You Need to Begin? 56Upsides and Downsides to Adjunct Life 57What Is Required of Adjuncts at Most Schools? 61Time Is Money: Balancing the Load and </p><p>Evaluating Your Real Rate of Return 65How Many Schools Should You Work For? 66Personality, Strengths, and Marketing Yourself 67</p><p>Contents</p><p>viii</p><p>ftoc.qxd 1/18/07 3:23 PM Page viii</p></li><li><p>Chapter 5How Much Can I Earn? 69What Influences Your Pay? 70What Can I Expect to Make for My Work? 72How to Make Extra Money 73</p><p>Chapter 6The Hunt: Finding Your First Job 75Locating Schools 75Finding Programs to Teach In 77Hierarchys Role in Finding Your Contact 77Human Resources 78Direct Contacts 79Using Direct Contacts 79Preparing Documents for Fast Submission 82Sample Documents 84</p><p>Chapter 7The Interview:What Universities Look For 115Interview Processes of Online Schools 116What to Expect:What Do Deans Want? 124On the Inside Track: From the Mouth of a Dean 127Addressing Your Strengths 129What to Do with Limited Experience 133Proving Responsiveness 134Odd Requests and How to Handle Them 140</p><p>Chapter 8Sealing the Deal,Training, and Your First Class 145What Next? 145Salary or Contract Negotiation 146What to Expect 147The Training Program 147Types of Training 148Communicating with Your Trainer 150Length of Training Process 151Proving Yourself to the Trainers and Your Chairperson 152Prepping for Your First Class 152</p><p>Contents</p><p>ix</p><p>ftoc.qxd 1/18/07 3:23 PM Page ix</p></li><li><p>Chapter 9Working as an Online Faculty Member 157Types of SystemsKnowing the Difference 159Time MatrixPay versus Workload 167Three University Situations 174Communication Is Key 176Continuously Do What Comes Easily and What </p><p>Youre Good At 178Using E-MailNot the Phone! 179Life as an AdjunctBalancing Work and Home 180</p><p>Chapter 10Must-Have Technologies 183Internet Access 184Computers 185Backups 187Organization Systems and PDAs 189Newsgroup Software 190Cellular Phones 190Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) 191Unified Messaging 192Comfortable and Ergonomic Workstation Setups 193Conference Phones 193Instant Messaging 193FaxElectronic and Traditional 194PDF Converters 195Scanners 195Printers 196Backup Internet Providers 196Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) 197Wireless at Home 197Virus Protection 198Antispam 198E-Mail Accounts with In-Box High Limits 199Professional Web Sites 200</p><p>Contents</p><p>x</p><p>ftoc.qxd 1/18/07 3:23 PM Page x</p></li><li><p>Antispyware Software 201Office Suites 201Backup Hard Drives 202Password Storage 202Software and Keys 202Minimum School Requirements Example 203Making Your Life Easier and the Students Happier 204Setting Up a System to Support Flexibility and Travel 205</p><p>Chapter 11Maintaining Relationships and Growing Your Business 207Personal Motivation 208Keys to Successful Relationships in a Virtual World 209Varying Demands by University 211Keeping Everyone Happy 212Getting Organized 214Additional Work Opportunities within the </p><p>Schools You Work For 214Lessons Learned 215Adding Opportunities at New Universities 218Managing Your Cash Flow:The Ups and Downs </p><p>of Contract Work 219Not All Teaching Opportunities Are Created Equal 222Referring Others 223Go for It! 224</p><p>Sources 227</p><p>Index 231</p><p>Contents</p><p>xi</p><p>ftoc.qxd 1/18/07 3:23 PM Page xi</p></li><li><p>ftoc.qxd 1/18/07 3:23 PM Page xii</p></li><li><p>Acknowledgments</p><p>To my co-author and dear friend, Jim; for his love of the profession and forbelieving in the integrity of our careers.And to his wife Karen for puttingup with our project while we worked late and undoubtedly sacrificedfamily time.</p><p>To Bob Diforio, the most fantastic agent a person can ask for! He keptme in line, believed in us and gave us his best effort and expertise. I hopeto meet you one day!</p><p>To Arlene, for her undying friendship, for love through good times andbad, and for always giving it to me straight.</p><p>To Alex for being one of my best friends, for keeping me motivated,for making me think beyond the obvious, for sharing a passion for life thatnot many do, and for getting it.Thanks for making me laugh, even whenits at my expense!</p><p>Last but not least, to my family, who above all else always made me feelas though anything in the world was possible with enough hard work.Al-though I didnt become an astronaut, a judge, or any of my other child-hood passions, their points made it across loud and clear.</p><p>Especially, to my grandfather, who is a never-ending supply of supportand true loving inspiration.</p><p>Dani</p><p>xiii</p><p>flast.qxd 1/18/07 3:23 PM Page xiii</p></li><li><p>To my co-author, Dani Babb, a great partner and valued friend. I wasproud to be your mentor but I am prouder to be your colleague.Thanksfor this great ride.</p><p>To Mike Bennett, my all-time favorite teacher, who made me want tobe like him.You will never know how many lives you have touched andcontinue to touch as a teacher.</p><p>To Dick Murphy, a close friend and confidant, whose humorous ap-proach to life is refreshing.Thanks for being a great sounding board.</p><p>To Julius Demps, my newest friend and mentee, whose attitude abouteducation should be contagious.You are such an inspiration.</p><p>To Maria Puzziferro, a dear colleague, who gave us valuable materialfor our book from the administrators perspective and helped make ourbook a tool for faculty and deans alike.</p><p>And to Cindy and Shane Stewart, our closest friends and my sonsgodparents, who are always there for us without fail. God bless you both.</p><p>Jim</p><p>Acknowledgments</p><p>xiv</p><p>flast.qxd 1/18/07 3:23 PM Page xiv</p></li><li><p>MakeMoney</p><p>TeachingOnline</p><p>flast.qxd 1/18/07 3:23 PM Page xv</p></li><li><p>flast.qxd 1/18/07 3:23 PM Page xvi</p></li><li><p>CHAPTER</p><p>1Introduction to Online Teaching</p><p>No trend has changed the face of higher education more than theshift away from a corps of full-time, tenure-track faculty to a con-tingent instructional workforce. That workforce includes part-time/adjunct faculty, full-time/non-tenure-track faculty, andgraduate employees. Together these employees now make up anamazing 70 percent of the 1.3 million employee instructionalworkforce in higher education.</p><p>U.S. Department of Education</p><p>Over 80 percent of learners today have taken at least one class online; thisnumber is increasing and is expected to be nearly 100 percent in the nextfew years.To keep up with this heavy demand, most universities are turn-ing to part-time faculty, in some cases for 100 percent of their faculty.Thisbook takes you on a journey through understanding how and why onlineschools have been started, deciphering the good schools from the bad, ob-taining jobs as online faculty, training for the faculty positions, retainingcontracts, and managing courses. It will show you how to begin earning a</p><p>1</p><p>ccc_teaching_001-014_ch01.qxd 12/18/06 8:59 AM Page 1</p></li><li><p>living teaching online and then expand your work into full-time pay ifyou wish!</p><p>Our Experiences</p><p>Both of us are experienced part-time faculty, making a living at teachingonline as what are often classified as full-time part-timers.We are well paidand very satisfied with our chosen profession. Every piece of advice wegive you in this book is derived from personal knowledge, interviews withcollege deans, and/or research.We dont just talk or write about it; we bothdo it. Before we begin, we will introduce ourselves and share our experi-ences teaching online.</p><p>A Message from Dani</p><p>While working for a university for seven years as an information technol-ogy (IT) director and going to school during the day to earn a bachelorsdegree, I decided to also pursue a master of business administration (MBA)in the evenings. Managing these three obligations was very challenging,but I decided the payoff would be worth it, and I was able to make it allwork. Along the way, one of the department chairpersons for anotherschool at the same university asked me to teach night classes on informa-tion technology for her program. I was intimidated and had limited publicspeaking experience, but I said yes and made a go of it. After that, theBlackboard online system was introduced to me as a tool by which I couldteach an occasional class. I would be required to teach live (althoughBlackboard also supports otherwise), but online instead of in a classroom. Iwas immediately taken with the idea; it would help ease the stress of goinginto a classroom one or two nights per week in addition to my owncourses, and I had moved quite far away from the school months earlier.Plus, my job was requiring more travel. By the time I finished my MBA</p><p>Introduction to Online Teaching</p><p>2</p><p>ccc_teaching_001-014_ch01.qxd 12/18/06 8:59 AM Page 2</p></li><li><p>about two years later, I was teaching a full load of courses while still serv-ing as an IT director. I moved on to another IT job in a nearby city, butstill taught night classes and online classes for the university for some timethereafter. I pushed more and more to hold my classes online because thecommute to the university was easily two hours; after a long day of work,it was overwhelming.</p><p>After taking a hiatus from teaching for two years and focusing on myIT career, I decided to pursue a PhDthis time, entirely online. By thispoint I was tired of the endless downsizing, the shortsightedness of someFortune 500 chief information officers (CIOs), and the frustration thatwent along with corporate Americas lack of loyalty.The online degree Idecided to pursue was through Capella Universityit was extremely flex-ible, was fully accredited, and had an excellent reputation in the onlineworld. It was one of very few online programs with doctorates.</p><p>I took classes for about 18 months at an extremely accelerated pace,since the average time to complete class work for a PhD is about sevenyears. I didnt have to sit in a classroom; I was able to stay at my office late(I was still working as an IT director for a Fortune 500 home builder atthe time) and work well into the night reading, turning in assignments,and posting messages on discussion boards that I could read at midnight,at noon, on the road, in the United States, or out of the country.The flex-ibility I experienced as an online learner, as millions of others know, wasincredible.</p><p>By the time I got to the dissertation process, I had heard from my en-tire committee, all faculty in my program, about how they were sippingcocktails by their pools in Florida while they were taki...</p></li></ul>