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Complexity in leadership structure mars an otherwise great place

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Current Employee - Professor  in  Stevens Point, WI
Current Employee - Professor in Stevens Point, WI

I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Great location with strong emphasis on teaching, many first generation college students. As a professor you have the real opportunity to change students' lives. Colleagues are great and will do most anything to help fellow faculty and staff.

Cons

Upper leadership creates as many or more problems than they solve. State political environment has made it so that there is little chance of ever getting ahead unless one is interested in being mobile to leave the institution that they have worked to create. This is backed up by losing over 1/4 of faculty in last few years. Salary, increasing class sizes, creating an environment of less opportunities are creating a bleak future. There are no options of being able to advance pay more than cost of living if the state legislature allows it for any given year. This is a recipe for never getting paid in real dollars any more than the day of initial employment.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    UWSP Faculty experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Professor  in  Stevens Point, WI
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Stevens Point, WI

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    UWSP is located in Stevens Point in central Wisconsin. The area is beautiful and the people are warm and friendly. UWSP itself is a small campus where it is possible to get to know people very quickly. The students are hardworking too, and you get earnest effort from them. Students also are very appreciative of faculty who work hard for them.

    Cons

    Like all of the UW schools, UWSP is undergoing serious budget problems. But because of poor management decisions over the last 20 years salaries at this institution seriously lag behind its sister institutions. This has lead to a number of problems that aren't easy to correct. First, many of the top faculty have left or are leaving to take positions elsewhere. Also, the campus culture is very calcified and it tends not to embrace change and can even be slightly hostile to it. Teaching and service loads are very high. Research is expected, but is not supported or rewarded. Collegiality is very spotty. Some departments get along quite well, but many do not and junior faculty are often abused (to give perspective, this reviewer is tenured). Administration has a problem with "revolving doors" where most come for 3-5 years and then leave for other places. This makes it hard for any long term vision to be implemented which faculty can rally behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Correct the salary issue and create a long term vision for the campus that everyone can work towards. Too often initiatives are started and then abandoned two years later. Faculty have become jaded under this system and hesitate to lend their time to campus efforts which may not last long. You need to change this to bring the campus back to a productive footing again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Job Satisfaction and Work Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

    Pros

    Collegiate atmosphere and good students

    Cons

    No cost of living adjustments. Constant increase in workload without compensation

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