Pros: students, co-workers, state retirement plan
Cons: mismanagement of resources, no clear plan, unsettling work environment, if i could retire now, i would.
A typical day with students is wonderful. For the most part they are excited about being there and willing to learn. My co-workers are great. The hardest part of the job is the constant revolving door of submitting schedules, finding room space, turning in syllabi, getting students certified, tracking everyone's calendars every 4 months.
Our team is – more... far understaffed for what we are being asked to accomplish. The gameplan has continued to change over the last 9 months. Impossible to hit management's moving target. We have an adjunct instructor that is teaching six courses and other duties assigned but TSTC doesn't have the money to move her to full-time. Yet there is a full-time instructor for the past year has taught only one class per semester and is getting full-time pay with benefits.
There isn't money to give raises but somehow money was found to pay for three new positions for a new program being developed. Our HR person is involved in much more than simple HR functions. But I guess she has to be since our President is hardly around. Yep took off for an extended weekend to the Kentucky Derby. I can barely afford my bills but our President travels the globe.
The Sweetwater campus is very toxic. People are in that "gotcha" mode and love keeping trouble stirred up. – less