Long-term employees shared a culture that was very tightly bound. Becoming part of that culture was hard work.
Support from management
The immediate supervisor had a positive relationship. The leadership above that level was distant and uninvolved.
There was no apparent team work. The immediate supervisor and the office secretary were accessible and helpful. No one else was available.
Freedom to work independently
Except for employee generated meetings with the immediate supervisor, there was no input from others responsible for the department.
At least 90% of the time, information was provided in a last minute way so that there was little possibility of incorporating it into course work.
As an adjunct professor of foreign language, I never benefited from any corporate program of career development.
Overall compensation for your work
The compensation is deceptively package. It looks like a fair amount, but the amount of time that is required outside the classroom in order to be ready for teaching in the classroom makes the compensation work out to be a minimum wage job when counted as hourly pay. Adjunct faculty and part-time faculty are not given any benefits.
Office / Work Environment
Classrooms were well maintained. All classrooms were equipped with LCD projectors, screens, speakers and multiple ways of linking to them.
The school is not in the fore front of the environmental movement, but all new construction is on the cutting edge of energy efficiency. Issues of social importance are openly discussed and promoted.
Teaching is by nature an unbalanced profession in America with too much devoted to work.
The school has a good image in the community.
Adjunct faculty has no job security. A simple email stating, "We will not need your services next term" is all that is necessary to terminate employment at then end of a school term. All Adjunct and part-time faculty are hired on a one term basis.
School facilities seem to comply entirely with ADA.
Campus safety is a high priority. However, there were several cases of theft from empty classrooms during the school year.
Teaching language to a group of students who are not at the same level of competence is challenging work.
Inclusive / Diverse
The student body is a United Nations of background and culture. The faculty is diverse but not as diverse as the student body.
Suggestions for improvement
- I do not see any solution to improve the company climate as it relates to adjunct and part-time employees. Requiring the administrative secretaries to meet their own deadlines would be a good starting place, but only the office of the president and the provost could address this situation. So far they have not.
What I like about the company
For the most part students at Biola are eager to learn, to work hard and to consider challenging beliefs that they hold without knowing why. For the most part faculty members are genuinely friendly and courteous.
What I dislike about the company
There are bottle necks in the administrative process at Biola. The hiring interview process is complex and opaque with a waiting period after interviews that is too long in the current job market. Representatives of the higher administration (secretaries and others) do not keep deadlines. It is not uncommon that adjunct professors do not receive their contracts to sign until the first day of class. Until they sign the contract, they are unable to access any online materials that are used in classrooms and any class-related files on the university main-frame. This unaddressed situation places new-hire adjunct and part-time faculty at a severe disadvantage and diminishes their value in the eyes of their students who rate them at the end of each term.