The university is true to its mission.
Pros: the university encourages open communication, diversity, and ongoing research and scholarship among students and faculty alike.
Cons: illinois state funded position
First, there are no typical days where I work. As a contracted worker, my workflow is predicated on the priorities of the contracting agency. Despite having my daily schedule outlined, I am required to be flexible and shift my plans according to the order of the day. Once priorities are established, I proceed with execution of my duties. This could include: training, preparation for a training event, research and development of curriculum, or meetings.
Since my employment began, my learning curve has expanded exponentially relative to training, facilitation, and development of pre-service and in-service curricula, and working within a bureaucracy.
The university management is consistent and focused. Conversely, management of the contracting agency is inconsistent, which causes confusion and frustration for the workforce.
I have the pleasure of working alongside some of the best talent available in the industry. My colleagues and I are extremely supportive of one another. We have established a work community that allows us to be open to learning and sharing, thus fostering continued personal and professional growth and development for each of us.
What frustrates me most about the job is being required to present curricula without full management support. Specifically, implementing change before management does its due diligence and without the backing of official policies.
What I enjoy most about this job is being a change agent—helping others realize their full potential.