I've had a PhD for about 1 year and I'm currently working outside academia and I'm trying to get back in. I have 1 pub in a good journal and I have had interviews for community colleges, regional colleges/R2s, and a postdoc.
I apply to a lot of California Community Colleges. However, is it possible that I'm wasting my time because they deliberately won't hire someone with my background or they tend to go for internal hires? I wonder this because: (1) California CCs tend to already have a dozen (2 dozen?) adjuncts in every department, so they might as well hire somebody that knows that dept. and that they know; and (2) is it possible they deliberately don't hire PhDs because the salary schedule dictates that they automatically get substantially higher salaries and it would be fiscally irresponsible to spend that extra money when they don't have to. I know CA CCs do have PhDs teaching (but some states have much more), but I suspect that these are people who had to put in the time as adjuncts or got their doctorates after they were hired. Another problem might be that classes in my psychology sub-field are never taught at the CC level. Also, the ads sometimes say that want prior CC teaching experience so that makes it tough on recent PhDs who have only taught at an R1 during grad school. I don't want to keep bothering my letter writers with useless requests so I might stop applying to these jobs.
I'm interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks for you input!