Originally Posted by andrewlittle
I want to be teaching. Teaching ethics and theology, economic and political theology, maybe even biblical Greek and Hebrew. I just want to teach.
I know it will have to be at a community or private college, but so what. It's my choice not to pursue a PhD at 54 - although I don't know whether it's a good choice.
Oh, screw it, I'm dreaming. I do want a f'ing PhD, and I kind of hate myself for it. It shouldn't mean anything. How can I pursue that when I already have $80,000 in student debt? Who cares, this is a dream, idiot.
There I said it. Out loud.
Andy, have you looked into graduate assistantships and scholarship money for 'non-traditional students'? A lot depends on Jenna, how she feels about you two doing this, since it would be financially tough. But if you can get paid to teach as a graduate student you could be teaching AS you pursue the doctorate, and if you can get scholarship $ that could help offset the cost of living expenses.
Otoh I don't believe teaching at community colleges is all that bad. Maybe it depends on where you are in your teaching and what the student body is like at the college. Before I went back for the doctorate I taught at a community college and it was a great opportunity for me as a 20-something to teach 'college level.' Now, I might be more frustrated by the lack of commitment from the students, if it parallels the situation at the previous place. Students not showing up, although they were majors. . . hmmm.