I worked at HARRY S. TRUMAN COLLEGE part-time (More than 5 years)
Good hourly salary, strong union which stands up for employees. A fair amount of classroom autonomy and teacher support. Dean is fair and flexible.
You are only allowed 24 regular hours per week. We work 48 weeks per year with the four weeks off without pay. Less autonomy than before as City Colleges have instituted new observation program run by managers with a tenuous grasp of second-language acquisition principles.
Advice to Management
In general, the program runs well. Get the managers some basic linguistics training. Language arts and creative writing are backgrounds which do not lend themselves to ESL field.
I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at HARRY S. TRUMAN COLLEGE.
I applied and got a phone call to schedule an interview. The woman (from a particular department) actually called me before and left a message asking if a specific date would work for me. I called right back and I said that particular date would work. When I came to the scheduled time nobody was at the office. I waited more than half an hour and that woman arrived saying how they expected me the week before. I explained that it must be a mistake (on her part) because I know what she told me. She said she would explain to her supervisor and give me a chance to reschedule. A week or so passed without anyone calling me back. I called her and then she scheduled that interview. Guess what? They did not call me back after that. If I was hired the HR was supposed to contact me.
I truly think that woman's actions caused me not to get the employment. I do not believe she told her employer that it was her mistake and not mine. It was a group interview and she was one of the people interviewing me as well. That was not very nice on their part. I really like Truman College and wanted to work there. But after seeing such behavior I would not have accepted the employment even if it was offered because it means that I would work with (or for) a dishonest person who doesn't own up to her mistakes.
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