Darton State College has been an excellent job for me, one that I thought would be temporary but has turned into my career for the past 10 years. I taught on campus for 8 years and fully online for the past 2. So this review is a mix of those two experiences.
The main thing to realize is that a four year college focuses on teaching more than presentation and publications like a university. This has been perfect for me because I have no desire to publish but love teaching and working with students.
A typical day on campus entails teaching 2-3 classes and having office hours and on campus hours. We are encouraged to attend such as games, shows and student activities. Of course there are meetings but for the most part as a faculty member, they are not too frequent.
My department chairs and deans have been excellent. I feel that they are open to listening to my ideas, problems and suggestions. I feel supported in my decisions regarding difficult situations.
The hardest part of my job is being asked to recruit students. I don't feel that this should be part of my job. It should be the recruitment department's duty. I don't mind answering phone calls with people who have inquiries about my program, but I have no interest in attending recruiting fairs and being a call center.
By far, the best part of my job is watching my students learn. It is the part of my job that keeps me going on bad days.
tuition reimbursement for furthering studies