Teaching Assistant (Former Employee) – State college, PA – March 9, 2018
My time at Penn State as a student and assistant teacher was truly amazing. First off it was a complete dream to be able to get paid to act and teach at a top tier University. A typical day consisted of class in the morning, five days a week, 11to 12 hours a day. During the afternoon or early mornings, depending on the semester and how classes were scheduled, I would teach undergraduate students the basics of Theatre. This meant I had to create a full semester syllabus, reading assignments and various group orientated activities for my students. The job really called for a flexible personality seeing as how theatre is such an abstract subject now days, I had to adapt to each student. Sprinkled on top of all this I had to perform in many Theatre productions, as was the requirements of the job. It was a truly rigorous program but very fulfilling.
As far the management team, they were high class well renowned people from around the world. For instance, one of my professors was from London England.
The workplace was vibrant and a bit loud at times considering all the students and just theatre folk in general. There was a lot of passion and dedication for the craft and work we were doing.
The most enjoyable part has to be receiving my Master's Degree for Theatre and Performance.
Working with others in a positive and passionate environment
Penn State Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – University Park, PA – March 8, 2018
Great place to obtain an education and expand experience base, working as a graduate research and teaching assistant. Improved my CAD skills teaching AutoCAD / Softdesk to 400-level transportation engineer students during their senior design project.
Peer Advisor and Receptionist (Current Employee) – Abington, PA – March 8, 2018
Typically if I work in the mornings, I set up the daily board with information of who is on staff that day. I log into the computer and keep open the schedules of the advisors as well as the interoffice chat system to communicate with everyone. On a daily basis, I would see around 6-7 student in the span of 3 hours and help them out with scheduling, credits, etc. Furthermore, at my receptionist job, I love interacting with different students and I help them with any issues they encounter. For example, room issues, packages, etc. I am the first line of defense for these students to get help. The most enjoyable part is seeing the smile on the student you helped.
Adjunct Professor (Current Employee) – University Park, PA – March 5, 2018
As an adjunct professor, I really enjoyed the opportunities to teach at Penn State with just a masters degree. My supervisor in continuing ed was great and I got to teach more and more classes as I continued working at the university.
The downside is there is no way to move up the career ladder unless you have a doctoral degree and are hired by the college of your area that you teach. Also, course offerings often were cut due to low enrollment and summer course offerings were rare indeed. So, the pay is only often only 8 out of 12 months. Therefore, Unless you teach several sections/courses, this is more like a part-time job that pays per course and not full time. Also, there are no benefits. You can set up retirement contributions, though.
Opportunity to teach at the college level
No benefits, little job security, low pay for the work and required education
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT ASSISTANT 4 (Current Employee) – University Park, PA 16802 – February 26, 2018
The faculty are the obvious priority, and there are consistent budget constraints and workarounds, but most work units are flexible and provide growth opportunities for staff to move around and advance.
advancement opportunities, networking, professional development, extensive alumni base
wages are not overly competitive, obvious hierarchy
Intern, Office of Alumni Relations and Development (Former Employee) – University Park, PA – February 20, 2018
I was an intern for a class requirement this particular position I was not employed by the university only through a professor. The experience was a great one and I really enjoyed working with my professor.
PhD student (Current Employee) – State College, PA – February 14, 2018
It's a good place for studying and doing research. However the university is recruiting too many students recent years, which makes everywhere crowded. Also, it's a small town so kind of boring especially during summer and holidays.
Great place to work but needs to offer more job security
Adjunct Assistant Teaching Professor (Current Employee) – State College, PA – February 12, 2018
I loved working here, and wouldn't have left if I didn't have to relocate for personal reasons. The downside for non-tenure track faculty is that they only offer short term rolling contracts, which are not as competitive as offers from other institutions.