UNH offers a typical experience for adjunct professors; a modest work space (usually a tiny office shared with another adjunct, though the ladies in the department office do their best to pair professors with opposite schedules so two are never in the space at the same time), a reasonable course load (usually one or two sections of a class), and the English department does their best to meet the scheduling needs of adjuncts. That being said, there is -typically- zero job security, no benefits (beyond access to the UNH library), and negligible professional support.
Bottom line; UNH is not a bad place to be an adjunct, but only because there is typically no good place to be one.
Access to the UNH library; the English department is generally friendly
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Durham, NH – August 20, 2016
Work was fast paced. I enjoyed employees that I came in contact with. Management had problems keeping enough staff. Co workers were all pretty easy to work with. Hardest part of job was keeping enough employees to accomplish all duties. I really enjoyed working at the campus
This was an excellent position for the summer. I was able to set up my own experiment, collect the necessary data, analyze it, and then compile it. Every obstacle I came up against I had to personally overcome, with some help from my professor. I had no-coworkers, which certainly made things more difficult, but forced me to think in different ways.
You would think that if college was the greatest time of your life, you would be thrilled to hear from them. This is not the case. Although I learned several key skills through the Phonathon, the management was sub par and the alumni were just downright rude to me.
Working at UNH is amazing. I get paid well, I get to enjoy the beautiful campus. The management is amazing, they don't micro-manage and give you the room to experiment with your style of working.
The best thing I loved working here as a student is that they realize we are students and we have responsibilities towards our classes. Due to this reason they ask when we'll be able to work, where we'll be able to contribute and how will we be doing it.
Definitely the best place I have worked yet.
Health Insurance, Tuition Fee Waiver, Relaxed environment
A typical day being a receptionist to the dean of the University of New Hampshire at Manchester would be to arrive and take down any messages left, answer the phone and transfer calls as needed, provide assistance where available , and to run the mail through the machine for outgoing pickup. I learned more about my school and the employees there due to transferring calls. The management was not great as the manager of the job position was not available easily. I rarely ever saw other co-workers as we worked opposite shifts. The hardest part of the job was maintaining a multi-line phone during busy times like admission or registration time. The most enjoyable part of the job was to help people find where they need to go or who they need to talk to.
Creating new protocols, laboratory techniques learned,
Research Assistant (Current Employee) – Durham, NH – August 15, 2013
Autoclave equipment, collect cells and produce the appropriate media. Provide cell counts and procedure for culturing cells. I have learned cell culture techniques, aseptic techniques, along with leadership skills. Management was limited due to the nature of the research. Co-workers were very helpful and pleasant. The hardest part of the job was help create a protocol for new cell culture. The most enjoyable part of my job was being a part of helping create a new protocol for the lab that will be used in the future.
Houekeeper (Former Employee) – Durham, NH – August 25, 2015
While working at UNH it never felt like a day of work to me. I loved my job, because all of the people I worked with loved their job as well. We had breaks at the same time every day and we all still stayed at the break room. Our boss was understanding when we had issues going on, and would make sure to check on us. There was always someone to help you if you didn't understand how to work a machine yet, and that made the workplace much more enjoyable.
I wasn't always being checked on. They trusted me to complete my job, and that I could handle the job on my own.
Intern, Research Assistant (Former Employee) – Durham, NH – August 21, 2015
My time working in UNH was limited to the summer of 2012 where I worked alongside Ph.D candidates on developing an organization algorithm. I lead a team of undergrads to develop a sorting algorithm for large data sets from satellites on magnetic events from the sun. I cannot comment heavily on the work environment because I only spent about three months there, but I enjoyed the camaraderie and beautiful campus.
Great way to make new friendships and build leadership skills. Prepare to have ideas and opinions forced upon you. It is difficult to share your own opinion on certain social topics. They are very biased. Residents make the job fun and exciting.
Would be required to work 20 hours a week. Learned and implemented leadership skills, time-management, responding to crises, building community, and creating programs. The Hall Directer served as a supervisor and was helpful planning socials and overseeing tasks. Worked with 8 other resident assistants in my building. Had to collaborate on socials and share duties with them. The hardest part of the job was getting residents involved in activities and solving any problems that they had. The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing that I was making a difference in their college experience
Housekeeper (Former Employee) – Durham, NH – June 24, 2015
During the college school year every day was the same with the same agenda. During vacations everything was different some days we would be cleaning others were for waxing floors.The issue is some people were able to get away with doing less than others and were never reprimanded. Supervisors, some were fair others not so much. I loved working my overnights with my group because it was easier to get along.