In our newest "how can we help you?" thread, '1st time on the market' writes:
Does anybody have examples of folks who teach philosophy full-time at a community college and still manage to publish decent work? I plan to receive a PhD this spring from an unranked program and have wondered whether I would be able to continue publishing (I've got one published paper right now) if I had to "settle" for a cc job.
While I recognize that some people may regard a community college job as "settling", I've heard from a number of people that they can be great jobs--jobs they are happy with, and which may be better in some respects than jobs at R1's or SLACs (I've heard the stresses of tenure at R1's--not to mention tenure denials--can be absolutely brutal; and the overall workload at SLACs--spanning research, teaching, and service, etc.--can be crushing too!). I'm also not sure how I feel about parsing out examples of people who (or do not) "publish decent work." That being said, answering this reader's general query may be helpful: is it feasible to publish consistently in good places while working full time at a community college? I think it might be good to hear from readers, including people who work at community colleges themselves--as it might give grad students and job-candidates a better picture of what such jobs are actually like.
For my part, I personally know a number of people who work at CCs who do good work and are very research-productive. One friend of mine, Gregg Caruso, has worked at Corning Community College for years. He's published a number of books and articles in places like Phil Studies, Ergo, and Erkenntnis; has made a name for himself in his field; earned tenure as a full Professor, and gained honorary and visiting appointments at four-year universities--all with a heavy teaching load. Gregg's productivity is astonishing--and he's far from the only person I know who is a successful community college researcher!
Anyone else have any insight or experience they'd like to share here?