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great place, but few horrible administrators

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

I have been working at University of Texas System

Pros

great potential for growth
great people
good benefits
good flexible hours
fantastic students
lots of space
campus is getting nicer and nicer

Cons

few horrible administrators; otherwise great people

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  1. Great

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at University of Texas System

    Recommends
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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Very nice people, both staff and faculties
    2. Interesting students to work with
    3. Some flexibility fo teaching different classes

    Cons

    1. It is a huge university.
    2. Sometimes, too many students in the class, 160 in a calcula class is not good
    3. Tends to teach same classes.

  2. Good upcoming university

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant (Electrical Engineering) in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Research Assistant (Electrical Engineering) in Richardson, TX

    I worked at University of Texas System

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    • The university is growing at a fast rate, with support from industry, private donors as well as government.
    • UTD has managed to hire good faculty (equivalent to a higher ranked university) and is continuing to attract top researchers/professors.
    • Rapid infrastructure development
    • Funding/Scholarship opportunities for students are better than similarly ranked university.

    Cons

    • Although there has been increase in number of courses offered as well as improvement in quality of classes, UTD still needs improve on class room teaching. Some classes are excellent, however some are not useful at all.

    • Research groups are small since this is a young university. This forces students to perform individual research (or in small group) rather than being a part of big group. Thus, number of publications per PhD/MS student are lower than top school.

    Advice to Management

    • Get some unbiased student feedback. Hire “honest” student-representatives to poll student population (hire representatives based on # of students in these catagories - undergrad, graduate, international-graduate (Indian, Chinese etc) ) to get realistic feedback on –

    1) Teaching quality in courses offered (“beware of courses where mainly professor’s own students are enrolled ……feedback is bound to be incorrect”)
    2) Dealing with research students – There are usually two scenarios: Either professor is very capable/motivated and treat PhD/MS research students unfairly (they are overworked, not given enough or any credit). Or professor is not at all motivated in research (is more involved in teaching or administration or is just incompetent) and his students are left to do their own research. There are very very few professors who are actually brilliant and motivated researchers …yet do not over burden their students and provide them sufficient guidance.

    • Need to identify great teachers ….. and reward them more for teaching well. Although emphasis is mainly on research output and funding received by each professor ….. There should be “teaching awards” as well.

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