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Online, competency based schools & the academic job market

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In our May “how can we help you?” thread, a reader asks:

I am an early-career philosopher who has obtained temporary full-time positions at a liberal arts college and an R1 state school. I have an interview at an online, competency-based learning school. The ability to work online, obtain a non-temporary position, and solve a two-body problem is attractive, but I admit it is not the kind of position I had in mind for my career. Does anyone have any insight as to whether departments devalue having work experience at such an institution, should I later decide to try to make the move “back” to “traditional” schools?

This is an interesting question, and I’m not at all sure what the answer is. I guess I’d be curious to hear more about what the school is like, how akin to university teaching the opportunity is, whether it would leave any time to publish, and whether it is secure full-time employment with good opportunities for advancement (if, for example, one stayed in the position long-term). While I do wonder how search committees might see this, it could be a really good opportunity all-things-considered, and many universities seem to me to value online teaching experience these days (particularly post-COVID). Do any readers have any tips or insights here, particularly (but not only) search committee members?

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