Typical day included attending seminars, literature review, developing research design and methodology, and teaching. I learned more about myself at the university than I've learned at any other life endeavor through the study of global society. The workplace culture was very inviting and enriching and I met and interacted with some of the most brilliant people on the planet. The hardest part of the job was learning to balance work life with home life, because true success in academia requires an around the clock commitment to your work and research. The most enjoyable part was the opportunity to learn from other cultures as well as your own.
Worked in the lab for 3 years through multiple groups of graduate students. Sometimes nice to be there other times was annoying. Had to work for free at first to get into lab. did basic tasks like preparing samples for testing, organizing. work was repetitive and became painfully boring by 2nd year.
great for getting research experience, get to choose schedule
Research and Teaching Assistant (Current Employee) – Lawrence, KS – March 20, 2017
The university of Kansas knows how to balance work with your everyday life. Management works well and is very understanding. The hardest part of the job is being well prepared for what is expected of you, don't expect it to be mindless work. The most enjoyable part of the job is the feeling that you are actually doing something exciting and meaningful.
Proctor (Current Employee) – Lawrence, KS – January 18, 2017
As an undergraduate staff member for the Department of Student Housing, we are told that our purpose is "to graduate students", although sometimes that can come at a detriment to our own academics. Although it offers students the typical benefits of being housing staff--free room and board, and a (very) small stipend--it often seems like a very underappreciated or supported role for both the upper housing staff as well as some residents. Unless you know to take time for yourself and to stand up to upper housing when necessary, you may leave the job without a single positive memory. That said, I have amazing undergraduate coworkers, and they keep me sane and happy--they're an amazing support group for each other.
Lecturer/Instructor (Former Employee) – Lawrence, KS – October 24, 2016
The health benefits were adequate and the most enjoyable part of the job was working with the students. My co-workers had very high standards and the hardest part of the job was not having weekends because of so much grading was required.