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Carson-Newman College Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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  1. "Graduate Assistant IT helpdesk"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Jefferson City, TN
    Current Employee - Graduate Assistant in Jefferson City, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Carson-Newman College part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Slow work pace may not feeling rewarding to some.

    Cons

    Leadership and coworkers are very pleasant and helpful for the most part.


  2. "Working at C-N"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Carson-Newman College full-time

    Pros

    The biggest pro about Carson-Newman is the time off you have. Any time the university is closed you get the day off with pay. This includes about two weeks for Christmas and a four day weekend for Easter.

    Cons

    Cons are definitely the pay but that is kind of off set by the amount of time you get off with pay.


  3. "Carson-Newman University Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dandridge, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dandridge, TN

    I have been working at Carson-Newman College (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Carson-Newman is a small, private university with a culture that has a strong biblical foundation. There is freedom to teach classes as you choose and class sizes are fairly small and manageable. Workshops are provided that introduce new pedagogical methods. Colleagues are wonderful to work with, are very supportive and helpful, and most have a real passion for teaching. The administration is approachable and friendly.

    Cons

    Communication could be improved upon to attain a better flow of information across campus and within individual departments. Support for some programs seems to be lacking. Salaries tend to be low.

    Advice to Management

    Always remember to treat all employees (staff and faculty) with respect and kindness. Let both your personal and work lives exemplify the Christian ethics on which Carson-Newman is founded.


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  5. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Carson-Newman College full-time

    Pros

    What i did was a piece of cake.... easy money with little oversight. Faculty are pretty good and easy to get along with as well. Good academics for some programs.

    Cons

    Where to start....

    horrible retention rates. the college is pretty broke. sports are the biggest draw but the football team has what...a 30% retention rate LOL. Drug problems in residence halls, literally had students who could not read. Stupid southern baptist morality while recruiting a student body that doens't fit that morale.

    Advice to Management

    You can't be southern baptist and then recruit students who don't fit the mold who are prone to drop out. Stop living off student loans and figure out some forward thinking solutions.


  6. "professor"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Jefferson City, TN
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Jefferson City, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great co workers and campus

    Cons

    new benifuts for students and workers

    Advice to Management

    New budget better income and approach


  7. "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Student Affairs Coordinator in Jefferson City, TN
    Former Employee - Student Affairs Coordinator in Jefferson City, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Carson-Newman College full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great civic programs, faculty are fun to work with, most student affairs staff care about students

    Cons

    Football has awful retention rates, recruits students who aren't academic fits for the institution, basically makes money off of first year students taking out loans and then dropping out. Buildings are falling apart and the school has no money to fix things.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retention, drop emphasis of sports. ITs not gonna save you


  8. "Great purpose clouded by budget and strategy issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Carson-Newman College full-time

    Pros

    Able to teach and coach students in the best way you see fit. Flexibility in the classroom. Great at service learning and pushing the students to see past the classroom and to see the higher purpose in what they do.

    Cons

    Budget constraints have doubled and tripled some class sizes - with no additional help. Pay and positions cuts have pushed the faculty to where they are hanging on by a thread. I saw 70% of the faculty in my division leave within a four-year period, though there are still some faculty passionate about nurturing students.

    Advice to Management

    Obviously in a budget crunch you heavily focus on fundraising and reducing expenses. If you have to do that, take care of your faculty in other ways. If they are suffering, hold them up -- don't burden them with more administrative tasks


  9. "Great school and purpose, but in a tough spot as a workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jefferson City, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jefferson City, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Carson-Newman College full-time

    Pros

    Christian work environment, encouraged to share values and mentor students, other like-minded teachers who are true servants

    Cons

    School is in a tight financial spot right now so 401(k) matching benefits have been removed, have only had one 2% pay raise in 3 years that didn't even cover the health insurance cost increase, really have to see this as serving to come here


  10. "The truth about Carson Newman"

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    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Jefferson City, TN
    Current Employee - Associate Professor in Jefferson City, TN

    Pros

    Carson Newman has provide me the opportunity to build an entire degree program with academic standards that supersede larger universities. My supervisor and dean have continually supported any changes I recommended for the curriculum, GPA standards and laboratory equipment requisite for me to provide an exemplary educational environment for my students.

    Cons

    Mirroring larger universities, it is blatantly apparent that athletic ventures (e.g., football) receive the preponderance of financial gifts and enjoy facilities that grossly exceed most academic classrooms.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a pragmatic financial strategy to permit the university to maintain it's financial solvency without a significant reliance on donations from entities who wish to influential the religious principles championed by the university.


  11. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of good people to work with. Solid academic reputation. Employees tend to come and stay a long time. Good sense of family.

    Cons

    Suffers from budget issues, lack of fund raising. Athletics is rarely affected by budget cuts but academic departments are affected nearly every year. Needs a strong administration with good leadership. Has a Provost that wants to run the college.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the facutly.