I am an adjunct university instructor for a number of institutions; Mount St. Mary's University, University of Phoenix online, University of Phoenix Harrisburg campus, and Frederick Community College. I had also, some time ago, applied to Kaplan University and have been accepted there. I am currently going through the training process with Kaplan. Online schools make faculty undergo rigorous training before they let you into the classroom (traditional schools kind of just turn you loose). I say this because after being trained with the University of Phoenix I knew what to expect with Kaplan training.
Here's the thing. Kaplan feels very corporate to me. I've had to do many corporate style training modules even before the faculty training. Maybe I'm hypersensitive to the model since I am a refugee from corporate America (biotechnology). But I've noticed some things that I feel I should probably pay attention to. The first time I was enrolled in the training I had to withdraw because I couldn't find the time to do the 3 week course. I'm currently enrolled this second time around and completely blanked on the mandatory seminar (I didn't put it on my calendar and therefore it ceased to exist). I'll have to be enrolled a 3rd time (and last time) into the entire course to complete this mandatory seminar. All the other work I've done will transfer over no problem.
Clearly there is some part of me that is balking at this new job. I feel like I should listen and resign....in the middle of training! At this stage my plate is full. Comfortably I would teach fewer online classes in the Spring and Fall semesters because my traditional classes are full, and teach more online classes in the summer when my traditional schools don't tend to offer adjunct contracts. I'm teaching 5 classes right now, for example. I don't know what will happen in July and August, but I expect I'll be offered more classes by Phoenix. Kaplan would help to take up the slack. At most I imagine teaching no more than 2 or 3 Kaplan classes a year.
Do I re-enroll this 3rd and last time in the Kaplan training? Do I resign?