At the college I go to, there is somebody with a PHD in math who teaches Algebra 1. How common is this?
Common; maybe increasingly common.At the college I go to, there is somebody with a PHD in math who teaches Algebra 1. How common is this?
Very true, but orthogonal to the OP question. I was lucky that the freshman Nobel laureate had, late in life, become highly interested teaching, and the Fields medalist was motivated to show that Dieudonne (Foundations of Modern Analysis) could successfully be used to teach second year students real analysis.I might also add, just for balance, some of the very worst lecturers I had to deal with were well respected researchers, full professors, and such. Usually because they just didn't care to teach well, they were recruited to do research and measured by their publications. Much depends on the institution and the level of the class.
The usual title of a PhD teaching an undergraduate or remedial math course would be "teaching assistant" or "instructor". A "teaching assistant" is under the supervision of a professor who has primary responsibility for the class, and would usually teach mostly in smaller sections and grade papers, as opposed to offering large group lectures. An "instructor" would be autonomous with all of the functional roles of a professor but lower pay and no tenure.When I saw "math major" in the thread title, I thought you meant someone who is still an undergraduate, or possibly with only an undergraduate degree in math. One normally doesn't use that term to refer to someone with a PhD.