The Long-Term Future is Hopeful
Assistant Professor (Current Employee) – Wilsonville, OR – July 19, 2016
Oregon Tech is a highly career focused school. Students want the credentials they are entitled to as quickly as possible. Salary is low in comparison to average Portland assistant professor salaries ($75,500) found on search engines using the query "average assistant professor salaries Portland". The medical insurance is fantastic, but does not make up for the large salary gap. Klamath Falls administration controls many aspects of educational policy at Wilsonville, including the painfully sluggish approval for purchasing critical items desperately needed to teach in a manner consistent with universal academic standards. Some professors are routinely expected to teach overloads requiring as many as 21-24 contact hours per week, but are remunerated for the overloads. Summer pay is abysmal, equivalent to adjunct pay. Faculty turnover rate is extraordinarily high. It is common for dedicated faculty to leave upon receiving tenure. The unusual evaluation system involves "point loss" that can downgrade actual scores, supposedly in comparison to national evaluation averages for teaching identical or nearly identical courses. The point loss system cannot compensate for grade inflation on the national average. Acceptance rates compare favorably to community colleges. Many students are unmotivated, but those who are motivated make teaching enjoyable, especially with the smaller classes. The Administration, i.e. Klamath, has historically not been cooperative in comparison to other colleges and universities. Hopefully a new President and Provost will help change this in years to come.
Excellent medical benefits
Traditionally uncooperative administration