>Update: Thanks everyone for the really helpful comments! As I said in my response, I think my students who want to work in CCs really need to do their research and find out what search committees at local CCs are looking for, and talk to our own composition people about the job market in the field in general.
OK, my post title is rather cheeky and vague. Here’s my real question (which I also e-mailed to Dean Dad*, who doesn’t read this blog as far as I know):
How much of a chance does a person with an MA only have of forging a stable career in teaching composition and literature at the community college level? Emphasis on “stable” and “career” — I’m not talking about contingent, temporary labor.
Many of our graduate students are under the impression that they can be “college professors” in composition or literature (but especially the former) at the community college level with an MA. I think they’re thinking full time, stable jobs, and not adjuncting and part time work when they use the phrase “college professor.” My understanding — but my experience is limited — is that while once upon a time the community college market didn’t require a Ph.D., they are now preferring or even requiring Ph.D.s at CCs since they can get them because of the state of the market in higher ed in general. Am I right?
I want to be sure my students are thinking realistically.
*Dean Dad’s current post goes a long way towards answering my question, but I’d like to hear more.