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Updated Jun 17, 2019

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San José State University CEO Mary A. Papazian
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  1. "Great place to work. Terrific co-workers. Really fun people."

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    Former Contractor - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at San José State University for more than a year

    Pros

    Office, assistant, flexible hours and great students.

    Cons

    Students are all plugged into their phones/laptops and you do not have their attention.

    San José State University2018-02-23
  2. "Adjunct labor"

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    Former Employee - Adjunct Lecturer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at San José State University part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Being a teacher is a meaningful profession. Each day is an opportunity to grow personally and learn from students.

    Cons

    Higher education in this country is in need of serious reform. The average cost is too high for most lower to middle class students and is based on unstable, part time, temporary, conditional adjunct labor that undermines the health, integrity, and vitality of what it means to earn an educational degree in America.

    San José State University2019-06-17
  3. "A for Effort"

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    Current Contractor - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at San José State University for more than a year

    Pros

    This review is based on experience as a faculty lecturer, not a tenure-track faculty member, as the jobs are significantly different. SJSU is a vibrant campus with hard-working students and dedicated instructors.

    Cons

    The salaries are surprisingly low. Parking is never easy on a campus but it's particularly difficult here. Public transportation options are poor.

    Advice to Management

    Lobby for a considerable bump in salaries, at least for lecturers who conduct the bulk of the teaching load. This can be done at the CSU level, with geographical differentials for more expensive locations such as SJ and SF.

    San José State University2019-04-03
  4. "Not bad for part time"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Lecturer 
    Recommends

    I have been working at San José State University part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Intellectual stimulation, academic environment, freedom in lesson planning and course trajectory

    Cons

    Pay, tenure track vs not disparities

    San José State University2018-09-13
  5. "Bullying is an ongoing reality at SJSU"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at San José State University part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Inspirational students; supportive colleagues; training opportunities.

    Cons

    No support for victims of bullying. Supervisors allowed to get away with maintaining a hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Treat bullying as seriously as you treat sexual harassment. Care about your employees as much as you care about students.

    San José State University2018-04-28
  6. "Math Lecturer"

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    Current Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at San José State University part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people are awesome, the environment is relaxed, you get to know and talk with your professors outside of the classroom.

    Cons

    Really nothing that I can think of.

    San José State University2017-11-11
  7. "Part-Time Lecturer"

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    Former Contractor - Part-Time Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at San José State University for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You have Love and Enjoy teaching.

    Cons

    You cannot use it for Industry Experience.

    Advice to Management

    Review process have to improve.

    San José State University2017-08-25
  8. "19 years teaching Science and Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at San José State University part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I loved my students, they could be challenging, and engaging, I learned from them as well as teaching them, lovely campus very accessable

    Cons

    Poor leadership, too much politics and bureaucratic turf wars, management top heavy, CSU has lost sight of it's mission: to provide a college education at little or no cost for the children of California residents. My total fees were under 350$/semester at SJSU in 1987, it is now higher than 10x inflation has NOT increased that much in the past 30 years. So why are costs out of control? Sure some budget cuts,... and a greater number of students, but administrative bloat has much to do with the cost increases. And everyone hates the parking situation, and have for the past 30 years.

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    Advice to Management

    trim your numerous VP positions and their staff, provide some sort of mandatory leadership training for new department chairs.

    San José State University2017-08-04
  9. "Chairs, coordinators, etc are not trained"

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    Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San José State University

    Pros

    Working with students; working with other colleagues who teach; campus

    Cons

    No training for people in management positions; too top heavy with administration

    Advice to Management

    Train coordinators, chairs, etc. delete at least half of the administration; put money into classes

    San José State University2016-07-19
  10. Helpful (1)

    "not a living wage"

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    Part-Time Lecturer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at San José State University for more than 10 years

    Pros

    students are great location is perfect

    Cons

    treated as disposable workers, administration does not value its own degrees

    Advice to Management

    reduce and revalue the number and salary of the administration

    San José State University2016-05-10
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