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Re: Is there any point in doing this if I can't get into top 30?
Originally Posted by chateauheart
@OP: There’s no guarantee that being from a top 30 school will ensure a job or success in academia, and there’s no guarantee that you will be damned if you go to a top 50-70. I think what I’ve learned over the years is to connections are key to succeed in the field, and those connections can get you a job or help you succeed. There’s a reason people keep telling applicants to go the best school they get into. Now it also depends on what you wanna do in life. If your goal is just to teach, then I think with a PhD from a top 50-70 you can find a job at an LAC somewhere teaching 4-4, which is totally fine if that’s what you enjoy doing. On the other hand, I think it’s universally agreed that it’s very unlikely (but not impossible) for a person with a top 50-70 PhD to place at a research university.
If your goal, however, is to teach at a community college, I don’t understand why you need a PhD. I’ve never gone to a CC, but my impression is most CC instructors only have master’s degrees. And not being an American is hard too because I dont know if CCs will sponsor your visa (they may not have the resources 4-yr colleges may have)
These are my own opinions. Others may disagree, which is fine