Intramural Supervisor (Current Employee) – Richmond, KY – November 12, 2018
A typical day at work consisted of my watching and supervising sporting events. I learned that time management and leadership is important. The management was great! The hardest part was going to work if i had homework. Most enjoyable was having fun at work
Receptionist (Current Employee) – Richmond, KY – November 10, 2018
I enjoy doing the job, working as a receptionist and getting to talk and see residents. But I was often scheduled to work shifts I did not agree to and found it very difficult to get days off. I also felt like my voice was not heard because I was not considered as one of the "favorites".
Associate Professor of Sociology (Former Employee) – Richmond, KY – September 13, 2018
I basically ended my career at Eastern Kentucky University so that I would not have a stroke and die by my 63rd birthday. The environment, the lack of support, the having to wage battles for any aspect of my career, no wage increases whatsoever over eleven years, render the place a terrible work site. Some of this is due to administrative irruptions, which happen every three years; and when these happen, there is a sense of dread that hangs over the entire work environment. Others are due to the political climate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky ( do not go there to work under any circumstances, in any Kentucky university). There is a decidedly anti academic, vocational school approach to higher education . I was forced, at the last minute, to teach every day of the week,' classes were yanked from me and I was reassigned due to a colleague's not handling themselves well and taking a leave of absence. This disrupted any chance of collaborative research, any working with students, that I did there. The disruption that this caused my schedule, impacted negatively my performance of my responsibilities, but there was absolutely no institutional support whatsoever. Six of my colleagues over the course of four years preceded me out the door.
I worked extensively with students, mentoring them to present at academic conferences( real academic conferences, not student campus specific conferences) . My students , due to my mentorship, presented alongside graduate students and professors at regional academic conferences. I was given no credit there. Instead, Eastern Kentucky Universitymore... fosters a climate of student complaint, where, instead of negotiating any issues with the professor, the aggrieved students( usually two or three, never any more) , merely go and complain to an administrator. Large student class numbers and students not interested in the topic material in specialized classes exacerbate this situation.
Careers hang by a thread predicated on a system whereby the students rate professors, that is neither a valid nor reliable manner of measuring a faculty member's actual performance in the classroom.
Unless you want to be a cop, a schoolmarm, or a nurse- it sounds like a bad version of the Village People- there really is no support whatsoever for faculty, and the administration circles like sharks, ready to pounce on the smallest perceived flaw in your performance. DO NOT work there if you are: 1. in the social or behavioral sciences 2. in the humanities( they abolished French, and every language except Spanish) 3. thinking about an environment where you might need some support if you are early in the development of your scholarship ( they will not help you, but offer endless critiques . They will not support you unless you bring an already established agenda to the table)less
fresh air when they are not building some new sports venues
Adventure Programs (Former Employee) – Richmond, KY – September 6, 2018
Daily set up and preparation for the climbing wall included logging into a computerized system in order to log participants into the system and to easily see if they have their waivers filled out and are up to date when they come to climb. Next we check the climbing ropes and gear to make sure the equipment is not broken or have any tears. We also check to see that we have the correct number of inventory of our equipment. Lastly we get the climbing wall ready for participants to climb we set up necessary
Information Technology Consultant Assistant (Former Employee) – Richmond, KY – June 12, 2018
What I learned from working in the IT field at EKU was how to troubleshoot common problems and give feedback on how to repair these over the phone. Going into the offices and physically repairing or installing PC's and printers to wired/wireless networks.
budget cuts with a lot of staff losing their jobs so administrators can keep their 6 fixure salary.
SENIOR OFFICE ASSOCIATE (Current Employee) – Richmond, KY – May 22, 2018
recent budget cuts resulted in 1 staff person doing the work of 3-4 people after several positions were being eliminated all over campus. very few pay raises, very busy work but loved helping the students. benefits not so great anymore health insurance is high with little coverage. no job security there anymore.
faculty and staff friendly
low pay, very little raises if any at all, health benefits not so good
Keene Hall Front Desk (Former Employee) – Richmond, KY – May 21, 2018
This job is easy all the way from training to the end. There is fixed amount of hours per student that works for the hall and its a limit of 20 hours a week at 7.25 an hour. While there is no amount of tax taken out for these workers due to being a work-study job, this is still not enough to support oneself. However, while living in dorms on campus this can help with buying dorm groceries or other simple necessities like gas or shampoo.
study while at work
just sitting there, not enough pay for living expenses
Research Assistant and Graduate Assistant (Former Employee) – Richmond, KY – May 16, 2018
My work as a GA and Research Assistant with EKU expanded my knowledge in foundation and agency research data gathering, grants sourcing, and communications. Program graduate assistant to support EKU department staff, professors and chairs.
Information Technology Student Worker (Former Employee) – Richmond, KY – May 16, 2018
Eastern Kentucky University provided me with a student worker position that allowed me to utilize my own autonomous skill set, while also providing a network of fellow workers to aid in any troubleshooting needs or lack of knowledge on my part.
However, being a student worker position, there was little room for growth or advancement.