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Great place to work if you have a Phd, not so much if you don't.

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Current Employee - Lecturer  in  Edmond, OK
Current Employee - Lecturer in Edmond, OK

I have been working at University of Central Oklahoma

Pros

As a lecturer at UCO, I teach without a PhD. So while the institution declares itself a primarily teaching institution, I am not evaluated based on my teaching but instead on my research, which is next to impossible to complete without a PhD. You can see where this is going…while I work hard, have positive student reviews and have positive outcomes on teaching, I’m passed over for promotions, not eligible for merit bonuses, and in general have no opportunities for advancements while faculty with PhD’s get tenure, are allowed to teach fewer students (i.e., work less) and make up to three times my salary. Ok, this is the system in higher education, but as “teaching” institution and not a “research” institution it shouldn’t be this way.

Ok, now on to the positives. There are lots of things going for this school including a progressive management team, an environmental ethic, a desire to focus on leadership and civic engagement and other things to make it a good place to work. In fact, if I ever had any hope of a promotion, I wouldn’t be quitting, but after seven years and no room to grow, I’ve decided to move on. The upper leaders (President, Provost, etc) of the school have really impressed me but the system is stacked against someone with only a master’s degree so I’m out looking for a job.

Cons

Promotions are not really merit based for faculty, more so on education completed.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Value outcomes more so than process.

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    Ok place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Central Oklahoma

    Pros

    State benefits. Academic/Higher Ed community. Commuter campus culture, but located in metro area.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities slim, salary comparisons on low side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listed as top place to work for 2011, so prove it...

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    just an opinion

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Central Oklahoma

    Pros

    time off ,flexibility, stability ,people, work load

    Cons

    growth, professional development , support , training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you have to create growth opportunities!!

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