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"It was challenging"

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Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boca Raton, FL
Former Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boca Raton, FL
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Florida Atlantic University part-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Friendly environment and learned a lot

Cons

Do not know if it was all really worth it

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    "Toiling to Advance Mediocrity"

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    Former Contractor - Instructor of English in Boca Raton, FL
    Former Contractor - Instructor of English in Boca Raton, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Florida Atlantic University as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This could be a decent job for someone who wants to teach for a living as long as they are prepared to cut corners on the workload.

    The benefits package is good, and the State of FL will match your retirement contributions at a surprisingly high percentage. Also, recently, a raise for instructors was negotiated by the Union, though they gave up the sick-time buyout as part of those negotiations.

    The English Department's t/t faculty is comprised of top-notch scholars who are, for the most part, friendly and collegial. Furthermore, full-time faculty and adjuncts have private office space. (this may not be true for all adjuncts)

    Cons

    There is constant pressure from senior management to increase the number of students enrolled in writing-intensive courses while hiring less instructors and trimming full-time lines. Most Lit courses have a temporary cap of 26, Comp has 24. As a full-time instructor will be teaching approximately 80 students who are assigned approximately three to six major papers per course, it is impossible to do one's job, effectively, without working 90 hours a week. And, really, it is the same at most Universities: they want front-line teachers to do more work with less resources while middle-management positions swell. Cold comfort --the adjuncts get paid worse and lack benefits. Colder comfort - they send poorly-trained GTAs in to fill the breach each day, pay them next to nothing, and romanticize a dead-end career trajectory.

     The majority of the brighter undergrads are there to put in their two years before they 'find another university' (hence the amusing coincidence of the school's name as an acronym).

    The newest, and frankly scariest, development is Senior Management views course content as intellectual property and is taking the same position on Instructors who moonlight elsewhere. In other words, if you pick up a few courses at a local CC, they view this as the competition, and if you develop teaching materials for online courses, it belongs to the university. (how long before this extends to the conventional classroom?) In most any other line of work, the strategy for retaining talent is to reward at. In academia, they threaten to fire you.

    Advice to Management

    Unit management: learn to professionalize the English Degree for something besides teaching, and you will have a concrete reason to advocate for more funding along with higher salaries. It's no accident that an Instructor with equivalent 'business experience' and degree will get paid twice as much by the Business College. Employers value the skills you teach quite highly, so send your graduates into the job market ready to compete instead of settle and you'll have viable argument as to the value of the degree..

    Senor management: why bother giving advice to a group of people who have consistently ignored it in the past?


  2. "Good learning experience"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant in Boca Raton, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Florida Atlantic University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Liked working as a graduate research assistant in the Ocean and Mechanical Engineering Department

    Cons

    Funding for master thesis students is very limited

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