Re: Which is a better school?
another adjunct at gmu
Date: April 15, 2009 12:59PM
I too was an adjunct at GMU. GMU saves a lot of money by using adjuncts. They hired me without even an interview. The phone call from the department chair was the only communication from the school, and that was just for my fax number so they can send me some documents. Luckily for the students that I am prepared for the subject and have a few years of industry experience on the topic.
English is not my native language either.
Professor of Sorts Wrote:
> JMU has just as many connections to business in
> the NoVA area. Just because it's 2 hours away
> doesn't mean that recruiters are looking only in
> this area. They go where the talent is. The VAST
> majority of students never do an internship, so it
> negates the location.
> The majority of JMU's classes are taught by
> tenured, or tenure track professors. Almost 70%
> of Mason's classes are taught by Adjunct
> Professors (of which I'm one). That makes a huge
> difference in terms of academic rank and
> I've been teaching at Mason for 9 years as a part
> time adjunct, and there is a difference between
> the two student populations. JMU is almost
> entirely "traditional" 4 year students, Mason has
> a mix of traditional students, part timers, older
> students returning to college, who rarely get
> their degrees in 4 years, which means that their
> graduation rate is much lower (they may eventually
> graduate in 6,7,or 8 years, but that's not taken
> into account).
> Mason is notorious for underpaying it's Adjunct
> Professors, which means that they do not retain
> professors for specific classes, which in turn
> leads to a lack of continuity. The same class two
> years before may have been an excellent class, and
> this year, is poorly run and administrated. The
> lure of saying "I'm a professor" fades quickly
> when you are averaging 7 dollars and hour for
> If you are going into Finance, or Business
> Administration, you are goign to have to get
> either a masters or a MBA. In terms of academic
> reputation, JMU traditionally ranks higher in the
> Princeton Review, and various other "my college is
> better than yours" polls. I don't have exact
> numbers, because they make you pay for it, but if
> I recall correctly, JMU has always been a top 75
> school, and mason was usually somewhere in the
> 200's. Granted, they don't compare directly,
> because GMU is a Ph.D. granting institution, and
> JMU is not.
> Lastly, I haven't been able to check my email on
> the school's website for the past 6 months without
> seeing the large flashing "GMU, the #1 School to
> watch" ad that they keep touting. That always
> struck me as an odd thing to say, since it means
> that mason is on the outside looking in, and
> hasnt' "made it" yet.