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Still on the Cruise

Still on the Cruise

by Lee Bennett
March 15, 2016

Last we chatted, I spoke of the good ship Lollipop and the trip to reality. Well, that wonderful trip is continuing, I must say. As always, I am excited to see where the venture continues. Jubilation struck a few times within the past week for some of our higher education colleagues as they were offered positions. It is those stories that help me remain energized during my endeavor to reach the same goals. To those who have been offered positions I extend my congratulations on a job well done and wish you all the best of luck during your careers.


Since my last post, I have received Make Money Teaching Online, second edition. The words of wisdom written are remarkable. Things that Dani discuss I can actually relate to. And, of course, there are some topics that will eventually assist me in avoiding certain pitfalls. I admit this book has also kept me grounded in reality. With each passing submitted application, there is a glimmer of hope that “the phone call” or “the email” will shortly follow. However, reading from experiences of other online professors and the book, those are likely to occur later rather than sooner. Perhaps one of the first things I should have purchased is the book – another lesson learned. For that, if you are a newcomer to the online profession, I strongly recommend obtaining the book quickly.

In the past two weeks, I have initiated a spreadsheet of submitted applications. The spreadsheet certainly increases the organization of the application process. Additionally, the spreadsheet tracks the universities that I have applied for – this eliminates redundancy of applying to the same university. On a side note, I am waiting to hit the magical “100” number to see if I statistically fall within the ratio of applications versus offer (hehehehehe). To date, there is more work to do; I would say that I have submitted approximately 40 applications. Perhaps I will be an anomaly of the norm.

Admittedly, the search for teaching jobs is becoming more and more routine. I recognize there are some nuances that I am unaware of. However, as the conversations with The Babb Group staff continues, so does the ease of job searches. As I stated earlier, I purchased the custom search package, a wonderful tool. At times, custom searches are overwhelming, but much appreciated indeed. As I read through all of them, I learn just a little bit more of the application submission process. As some of you are aware, it does not appear there is a standardized method within the higher education arena as to how one should submit applications. Nonetheless, keeping up on those intricacies is most beneficial; and makes the process somewhat easier.

I remain reasonably naive to researching schools, yet acknowledge its importance during the application process. Much earlier I made a post within the Facebook page regarding the profit versus non-profit potential. There are varying opinions pertaining this topic. But, Dani Babb also discusses “diploma mills.” From this, I am a bit more attentive to the school in which I apply. As a rookie, it is not my desire to become attached to the wrong type of school at the onset. I hold that there are some steps in which I will stumble during my higher education career. Certainly, I will heavily rely on my new found professor friends as I go through those challenges.

Until then, I continue to submit applications to schools in which I feel strongly about getting an offer. I also submit applications to those I do not feel as confident. I would not be surprised to receive an opportunity to interview with a school whereas I do not feel confident. It appears that is how it goes sometimes. I proceed with learning new methodologies which will increase my chances of obtaining “the phone call” or “the email”. Nonetheless, each application is the potential of reaching the Island of Reality. I am extremely blessed and grateful for the opportunity; as well as all those who have helped.