Just an opinion poll of sorts. I'm considering applying for the PhD in English specializing in Rhetoric and Textual Studies at Old Dominion University
. They have a low-residency option, which is very appealing to me as distance has been my primary reason for failing to begin a doctoral program. I'm already on faculty at my university. The sole reason for me to pursue this degree would be to have additional employment possibilities be opened up to me in the future, as most state universities and community colleges prefer a terminal degree these days. I have no interest in tenure track professor-ships, nor do I care about working for a "name" institution.
Do you think this degree would be regarded as "less than" a traditional residential program? The nearest program of that sort to me is nearly two hours away, and would be a serious hardship to me and my family if I were to pursue it at this time. Or should I just rest on my laurels with my MA and hope my present institution never sees fit to cancel my contract? ;)
Any insight helpful. Thanks! :)