I love my co-workers. They are bright and work well with each other. The chairs and deans I have worked with value our time and opinions.
I've learned that academics can offer a warm and team oriented environment. The professors in the schools where I attended graduate school did not seem to get along as well as they do here.
One bright side of working here is the stunning landscapes. It's gorgeous here. We are over an hour from Knoxville, but it provides many of our needs for city life. Middlesboro, KY is a small city and provides the basics. Most who live in the local area shop there.
One downside of teaching here is the lack of a tenure track. However, most larger schools make a greater use of adjuncts and part time instructors, so the lack of a tenure track is diminished. We are full time. If you like it here and get along with others it seems the job can be yours indefinitely. We get paid less than others in our profession, but it's still the highest salary I've earned anywhere.
The hardest part of the job is teaching some of our lesser-prepared students. It's a part of LMU's mission to enlighten and educate the young people of Appalachia. That's not always an easy task. I've been surprised, however, at just how bright many of our students are, locals and out of state students alike.
Flexible Schedules, Family Tuition, Great Insurance, Caring Co-Workers
Rural Location, No Tenure Track