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When becoming a college professor, is it more beneficial to start at a 4-year or transfer from a 2-year?

Asked Apple Valley, California

I want to know if it would be better for me to go to a 4-year college right off the bat when wanting to become a professor so I can familiarize myself when professors there who can help me. Or transfer from a community/2-year college to a 4-year. (based around finances) #college-professor #higher-education #professors #professor #community-college

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Ann’s Answer


Hi Stephanie,

The important thing is to get teaching experience. I would apply to both as an adjunct faculty member. You can usually teach at multiple colleges and universities at the same time when you are an adjunct professor. An adjunct professor is someone who teaches courses as faculty is needed. You will only have access to teach courses when there is not a full-time faculty member available to teach. If you can get into multiple schools as an adjunct, then you can build your reputation and have a better chance of getting a full-time position when it becomes available. Hope this helps!

Perry’s Answer

Updated Illinois, Illinois

I currently teach @ a two year college, I personally enjoy it. If you start out at a four year college, that great.....The only problem with a four college it may take a long time to get tenure. It's easy to transfer from 4 year college to 2 year college. I hope this inform help you out.

Perry L. Clark

Melissa’s Answer

If you are able to attend a good 4 year college that would be beneficial. You want to go to a place where you can foster relationships with professors and get strong letters of recommendations. You want to make sure that you can achieve academic success. Sometimes starting in a two year college, can allow an individual to become better prepared to succeed in a four year college.