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  1. crashcromwell profile image70
    crashcromwellposted 14 years ago

    I have some non-hubpages news to share. For the past several months, I have been engaged in an incredible training and hiring process to teach for the University of Phoenix online. The last stage was to teach two sections of a class under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. I have just received word that I passed the mentorship phase and am now an official member of the faculty at the University.

    I am so happy beyond belief!

    1. robie2 profile image79
      robie2posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Kudos Crash:-) That's great!

  2. profile image0
    Marye Audetposted 14 years ago

    What will you be teaching?

  3. Misha profile image62
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    Congratulations! smile

  4. jyuva profile image59
    jyuvaposted 14 years ago

    Congrats!!! big_smile

  5. crashcromwell profile image70
    crashcromwellposted 14 years ago

    Right now I'm certified to teach Contemporary Business Communications. I have interest in some other classes, such as Critical Thinking, and they also have a wonderful program called the Center For Writing Excellence that provides support to students who are struggling with their English. I would love to do some work for them, because I saw first-hand how much good they can do with some student, particularly those whose first language is not English.

  6. Mark Knowles profile image59
    Mark Knowlesposted 14 years ago

    Good for you Crash smile

  7. broalexdotinfo profile image56
    broalexdotinfoposted 14 years ago

    Nice one. Even though I would never like being a teacher.

  8. webismine profile image58
    webismineposted 14 years ago

    Good big_smile

  9. crashcromwell profile image70
    crashcromwellposted 14 years ago

    Thank you everyone. Teaching is not for everyone, and it's somewhat of a surprise when I look back over the course of my professional career that I wound up in this field. But aside from having a regular paycheck, which is great, I also found that the interaction with my students was really inspiring for me. I'm not making the money now that I was making when I worked as a municipal administrator, but the level of satisfaction is off the chart.

    Thanks again everyone!

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image91
      Rochelle Frankposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      That sounds very exciting... and I think half of the people who become teachers never intend for it to happen.
      Sounds like you have some interesting times coming-- hope you still have time for some hubs.

  10. Uninvited Writer profile image75
    Uninvited Writerposted 14 years ago

    Woo hoo. Does that mean you have tenure now?

  11. crashcromwell profile image70
    crashcromwellposted 14 years ago

    No, nothing like that. My classes will be continually evaluated, but as long as I continue to do the job well and enrollment remains good, I should expect to receive more assignments. My mentor said she teaches 4 classes for the University of Phoenix, one class for a local community college, and she also helps train new hires as a mentor, so she's doing OK.

    They typically assign two classes at a time, and my next two start on Sept. 29. I'm told by my mentor that I can expect to receive another two classes that will start roughly a month later. That's important from a budgeting standpoint, because it will mean that I will get a paycheck every month. The way they pay us is 2/3 early in the course and the remaining 1/3 after I have posted final grades. Whereas classes run 9 weeks, when I'm only teaching two classes, there's a month in between when I am not getting a paycheck. So I like the idea of having classes start at different times.

  12. crashcromwell profile image70
    crashcromwellposted 14 years ago

    Thank you Robie!

  13. Paraglider profile image88
    Paragliderposted 14 years ago

    That's excellent - well done you!!

    1. crashcromwell profile image70
      crashcromwellposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Paraglider, Misha and Mark!

  14. amy jane profile image74
    amy janeposted 14 years ago

    Very cool - congrats!  Sounds like a fun career move. Teaching "grown-ups" can be just as amusing as teaching young children. Best of luck! smile

    1. crashcromwell profile image70
      crashcromwellposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Dating back to my time when I taught English Composition for a local community college, I have found that older, so-called "non-traditional" students were the best. They take their education very seriously. In my first set of classes this time, the best student I had was about 15 years older than me and the next best was 2 months younger than me.

  15. Shirley Anderson profile image59
    Shirley Andersonposted 14 years ago

    Hey!  That's great news, good for you.  I hope you celebrated somehow.

    1. crashcromwell profile image70
      crashcromwellposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Well, I've been reveling in the glory of this experience since I learned the news, but I haven't even had the chance to tell my wife yet! She's been out running errands since I found out and she's not answering her cellphone!

      I expect we will celebrate in some way, shape or form, though.

  16. funride profile image70
    funrideposted 14 years ago

    Congratulations wink.

    1. crashcromwell profile image70
      crashcromwellposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks funride, and Rochelle, I do expect to continue writing hubs. In fact, I continued to crank them out while in my mentorship, and I was still learning the ropes. Now I've got a good system down.

      In fact, I've got a series of hubs I'm starting to plan now. I just took a copy of the Democratic Party Platform, and I'm ranking the issues cited in the document, based upon their word count, to see what the priorities are this election. Then I'm going to write articles about their top 10-15 issues. My goal is to get these online in advance of the Nov. 4 election.

  17. gamergirl profile image87
    gamergirlposted 14 years ago

    Congrats!  Please tell me you do more with your classes than just post assignments and cool your heels waiting for emails with questions from students... sad That's all my instructors at UoP ever did.

    1. crashcromwell profile image70
      crashcromwellposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      No, in fact one of the reasons why my students were so fond of me was because I was an involved teacher. My attitude is that you don't need a master's degree to post links in a forum, and I want to use what I have learned.

      I also strongly encourage my students to call me with questions they have, and many of them took me up on that offer.

  18. ngureco profile image80
    ngurecoposted 14 years ago

    Congratulations crashcromwell. I can see this is a job you love dearly.

    1. crashcromwell profile image70
      crashcromwellposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I don't want to come off like too much of a University of Phoenix cheerleader, but at the same time I always give credit where credit is due. I taught for Kaplan University online a few years ago and it was a terrible experience. Their training program stunk and then they had issues with paying people in a timely fashion. It was with some trepidation that I started training here. From day one, they have been professional, and they have not let me down yet. The hiring process is very involved, so when I received word that I had passed my mentorship, it gave me an enormous amount of satisfaction and pride. I believe that also reflects well on the quality of the education students receive. They are very sincere about ensuring that highly qualified teachers go through their program, and I could have been bounced at several different times.

  19. Just_Rodney profile image72
    Just_Rodneyposted 14 years ago


  20. Zsuzsy Bee profile image87
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 14 years ago

    Good for you! Thumbs up for your patients. Teaching is not easy over the internet that's for sure. Congrats again
    regards Zsuzsy

    1. crashcromwell profile image70
      crashcromwellposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I guess it's different with everyone. I've found that students in my traditional classes can be more bold. I make sure everything is spelled out thoroughly in my syllabus so I have that to fall back on. At the University of Phoenix, they create the syllabus, and it's really thorough. It makes it simpler.

      Thanks Zsuzsy and others who have responded!

      1. B.T. Evilpants profile image61
        B.T. Evilpantsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Outstanding! Congratulations!!

  21. Bob Ewing profile image63
    Bob Ewingposted 14 years ago

    Now that is indeed good news.

  22. Ryan Hupfer profile image62
    Ryan Hupferposted 14 years ago

    Good news rules. smile

  23. crashcromwell profile image70
    crashcromwellposted 14 years ago

    Thanks B.T., or should I say Mr. Evilpants?


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