Ask an adjunct about the ratio of online jobs to online teachers seeking those jobs and she’ll let out a sigh of exasperation. Ask one who teaches within a popular discipline, like psychology and business, and he’ll do the same with an added eye roll for effect. This is the position we find ourselves in—many, many qualified, willing online instructors scouring over the same lists of online jobs available.
We at AdjunctWorld.com are tireless in our efforts to alert adjunct instructors to the most up-to-date listings of online teaching jobs. This goes a long way toward making the search easier. But we adjuncts are equally tireless in our quest for money-making opportunities that utilize our academic expertise and passion for our subject and allow us to do what we do best for students.
Subject Matter Expert (SME) jobs provide this additional opportunity. You may have seen some of these jobs listed on AdjunctWorld.com. Recently, we posted several positions from Study.com, a service that takes traditional college courses and revamps them to be more engaging, interactive, and accessible to anyone. Services such as this rely on SMEs in a wide-variety of academic areas to create their course content. Many universities have their own content development/course design departments as well and also have a need for SMEs. These companies and departments regularly hire Master’s and Doctoral level academics to help them bring source material to life and to keep their courses current and, obviously, accurate.
When Matt and I search the web for online adjunct opportunities, we also search for SME positions. If you see one in your discipline—click on it. Because if you are an adjunct, you are, in fact, a subject matter expert. Likely, a very qualified one with the energy and interest to do just what content companies and online academic programs need good people to do.
Have you ever worked as a subject matter expert? What was the experience like for you? Have questions or comments about SME work? Leave a comment below!