MEDIA SPECIALIST/PHOTOGRAPHER (Former Employee) – Odessa, TX – June 9, 2018
The new administration leaves a lot to be desired. They morale of the staff and faculty has greatly declined with new president and her bringing in people unqualified for VP positions and hiring local tv personalities to be chief of staff.
UTPB is a great place to work. People are really nice. A new President started in July, 2017 and she is a breath of fresh air. She is looking at adding workforce and changing the look/feel of the University.
You will work hard for sure, but knowing you are working to make a difference in a students life is pretty cool.
The Odessa area is under rated. True, the oil fields are prominent but there is always something to do.... if you just leave your house. There is a lot of cultural events that happen not to mention the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center.
People, being part of the University of Texas system
Parent Educator-Parent's as Teachers (Former Employee) – Odessa, TX – December 11, 2017
My employment was based on a grant that focused on early childhood education. This was a very rewarding job in that I felt I was contributing to the community. However, growth is limited because funding is based on a grant. I gained a lot of experience, and was able to network with various organizations in my community.
Like I said, this place is a decent location to work, assuming you're a student.
I learned quite a bit working here that will definitely help me in my future career. However, some people can be insufferable to work alongside. I understand that it happens anywhere, but it can be difficult to work when you're antagonized over minor mistakes, offered no training to ensure those mistakes won't happen in the future, then pushed away every time you have a question regarding a procedure.
The past two years as an assistant coach has help me learn more about coaching in the sport of soccer professionally. I have developed the skills to successfully complete administrative duties. I now possess the knowledge of the NCAA II guidelines and rules. I have also developed a network with the schools athletic department. The work environment is very productive and the co-workers are very supportive of each other. The hardest part was sorting out the first team since we had so much talent. The most enjoyable part of the job is getting to work with the athletes everyday, I enjoy working with and developing the students.
Employee empowerment, responsibility, and accountability were practiced. Employees needs, ideas, and desires were valued. I enjoyed being able to personally assist students and prospective students in their academic journey.
Work with faculty in online courses. Helping students with technology applications and troubleshooting. Assisting faculty to find computer software to enhance course design. Conduct performance evaluations in the monthly bases, interpret data from surveys and other sources.
A good University if you are looking for a smaller school to attend or work, which has its ups and downs. Its a small community, so everyone is rather tight knit, yet it does seem to lack and be unorganized in some areas. Overall, its a good University to work for, especially if you are gaining experience as there is a lot of support from fellow faculty.
Senior Program Coordinator (Current Employee) – Odessa, TX – September 29, 2014
As an employee of UTPB and particularly the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, I have had the opportunity to meet and work with many prominent people in the Midland/Odessa community. I have enjoyed traveling across Texas, making work connections, and enriching the lives of young adults. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to teach leadership to middle and high school aged students and see them work together to complete projects.
I've enjoyed working with a team who strives to get the best out of every experience.
Currently work as a student worker in the College of Business and Engineering for the Dean. He's a man with much experience, knowledge, and connections. My experience from working here has been an educational one and one that I value greatly!
Administrative Assistant II (Current Employee) – Odessa, TX – March 24, 2013
I like working with students and helping them get into college. My typical day at work is admitting at least 20 to 40 students per day. The hardest part of my job is having to reject a student admission into the university.