I've heard several times through the grapevine that accepting a position at a community college is career death poison. Is that right? Right now I have a part-time position at a well-ranked university, but the pay is shite and the possibility of advancement nonexistent. I look at the pay at some community colleges and see that it is double what I make now. Would accepting one of these positions be career suicide, even if only temporary?
My sense of this is that 1. community college jobs involve more teaching and fewer research responsibilities than jobs at four-year colleges, and are a good choice for someone with corresponding career goals; and 2. search committees at four-year colleges will (probably unfairly) hold an employment history at community colleges against you.
What say you, Smokers?