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Updated June 28, 2017
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  1. "Adjunct Professor Online"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Fayette, IA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Fayette, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent course designers to customize the online class.

    Cons

    Only allowed one course at a time.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sacrificing Quality for Control"

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    Current Employee - Online Professor in Fayette, IA
    Current Employee - Online Professor in Fayette, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have taught online courses for UIU for the past six years, and enjoyed the support of administrators who had to field complaints that my classes were too rigorous. Defending college level standards is important to me, since dumbing down curriculum harms everyone, and is not fair to students who are paying a premium price for an excellent education. Many of the students I have taught at UIU have expressed appreciation for my teaching methods, and many have gone on to promotions and raises all because they learned to write better from my classes.

    Cons

    Recently, people who are not Subject Matter Experts in my field have presumed to tell me how to teach my online class, including going so far as to tell me how I should be teaching grammar in my English classes, instead of trying to understand why I teach it the way I do. Several other online faculty have complained that they feel the micro-managing of the classes is detrimental to their abilities to teach their courses to the best of their abilities, but all our complaints seem to fall on deaf administrative ears.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your Subject Matter Experts as individuals trained and experienced in their fields of study, instead of trying to create one-size-fits-all online courses. College students are not dumb, and need to be able to learn to adapt to different people's teaching styles, just as they will have to learn to adapt to employers' administrative styles. Stop trying to automate online classes, which means you are merely trying to create cookie-cutter courses, instead of real liberal arts education. UIU used to be a quality university, but it is quickly going under, and a reputation is a difficult thing to rebuild.

  3. "Adjunct Faculty"

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    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Loganville, GA
    Current Employee - Adjunct Faculty in Loganville, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love teaching the UIU students! Some are military so classes are very diverse. It's a great school.

    Cons

    I have worked at UIU for over 6 years and I cannot think of any CONS at this job.


  4. "Associate Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayette, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayette, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Upper Iowa University full-time

    Pros

    good people and nice vacation and benefits plus working to help others

    Cons

    a handful of nasty people who ruin the experience

    Advice to Management

    Fire some of your managers


  5. "eLearning Student Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayette, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fayette, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Upper Iowa University part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The bosses at the eLearning/online department are really nice and fun, some they there were cookies and IEC, where most of the business people work, has a small snacks sale everyday. Hours were flexible too. If you are a full time, you get to work on your education with huge discounts too.

    Cons

    All employees have been given many more tasks than they can accomplish, so things don't really move forward. They have been trying lots of different changes lately on positions and locations.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more less qualified people. If money is such a big issue, don't get the top people to do the repetitive jobs. Invent in IT since most of the excel sheets and email lists that people currently take a whole day to finish, could've been done in the click of a button in less than 5 seconds.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A place to avoid."

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    Former Employee - Faculty in Fayette, IA
    Former Employee - Faculty in Fayette, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Helping students. That's about it.

    Cons

    Very political. Some faculty very competent, but all too often, senior faculty making decisions are incompetent. Financial woes resulted in incompetent BOT and administration unilaterally making (poor) decisions (small comfort that incompetent senior faculty are now suffering). Absolutely do not advise anyone taking a job at this place.

    Advice to Management

    They're incompetent. They won't listen.


  7. "Mathematics Instructor"

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    Current Employee - Mathematics Instructor in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Mathematics Instructor in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The staff is very friendly, accommodating and well organized.

    Cons

    I just wish there were full time positions available.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time.

  8. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Staff in Fayette, IA
    Current Employee - Staff in Fayette, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    super, dedicated staff committed to students

    Cons

    very low promotion potential for current employees


  9. "Promotion"

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    Current Employee - Associate Director Annual Giving in Fayette, IA
    Current Employee - Associate Director Annual Giving in Fayette, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Upper Iowa University full-time

    Pros

    I love my job but I can't stand it

    Cons

    I work 60 hours per week


  10. "Admissions Counselor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Fayette, IA
    Former Employee - Admissions Counselor in Fayette, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Upper Iowa University (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very fun, flexible environment. Really care about the students and parents.

    Cons

    Location isn't the best for young professionals.


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