Assistant Professor, Evansville, IN - December 5, 2017
The students and faculty at USI are amazing. Students are typically traditional, but have somewhat non-traditional situations--many work full-time, have families, and/or are caring for a loved one. Because many pay for their own tuition, they are very invested in their education. The faculty are super friendly and helpful to new faculty.
The research requirements are a bit high considering the typical teaching load is 4/4, but the university is supportive in that they offer internal grants and awards (some monetary, some teaching reductions) and have many opportunities for assistance on applying for external grants.
I can only speak to the college of liberal arts, but the dean is an advocate for the departments. He ensures fairness across the board and fights for equality for the departments within the college compared to others (like the sciences or business).
The most difficult part of the job is probably the teaching load. The millennial students expect a lot from instructors and when teaching 4 courses a semester, the grading and spending time with students outside of class (although rewarding) is a lot. Above that, many departments are understaffed and, therefore, you will likely participate in more service than is "part of the job". That all being said, the culture and environment is fantastic.