Philosophy Jobs at Community Colleges (updated)


[This post originally appeared on October 20, 2014, but a recent query, in the update below, suggested that it might be worth reposting.]

I’ve been asked to solicit information from readers about how to get a permanent job teaching philosophy at a community college.
Some questions:
(a) Where are community college jobs typically advertised?
(b) What makes a job candidate look good, on paper, to community colleges?
(c) How is the job search process different at community colleges?
(d) What misconceptions do philosophy grad students tend to have about community colleges and working in them?
(e) What questions should be on this list that aren’t, and what are their answers?

UPDATE (11/30/15): Further answers to the above questions are welcome, as are responses to this inquiry from a philosophy professor:

One of my undergraduate students has a career goal of becoming a philosopher who teaches in a community college. The student understands something of what that career involves (though surely not everything) and wants to pursue it because of how learning philosophy at a community college changed this student’s life. Neither me nor my student is currently at a community college.

My own background makes me ill-equipped to advise this student. I went to a program that, like most, assumes that the career goals of its students are aimed at research institutions or small, selective liberal arts colleges. Can DN readers help me advise my student? I don’t know the most basic things, for example: do most community colleges expect a Ph.D or an MA? In addition, I would love to hear from Ph.D and MA programs that have a strength of placing folks who have a career goal of teaching in community colleges in the kinds of positions they desire. Ideally, such programs would also be supportive of students with this career goal–not denigrating the choice, but lauding it.
This information would be useful to me, but I suspect it will be useful as well for programs that recognize that not everyone who seeks to study philosophy at the graduate level desires a position at a research institution or a small, selective liberal arts college. I hope that those who aim for something other than those careers are supported.

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