Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Colleges Are Hiring! Do You Want to Work There?

 

written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Colleges Are Hiring!
Do You Want to Work There?


Part-Time Jobs for Future Teachers and School Employees - Local school  districts offer paid positions perfect for college students. - Attallah  College of Educational Studies
by Kevin R. McClure, Chronicle of Higher Education

Last month, Michigan State University was met with widespread scorn after it was reported that a senior administrator there had asked faculty and staff members to volunteer in the dining halls on nights and weekends because of a worker shortage. Despite the outrage the request produced, the situation that led to it is not unique. Colleges throughout the U.S. in recent months have faced a similar struggle in keeping their operations staffed enough to run smoothly.

It is clear now that higher ed is not immune from this Great Resignation sweeping across America. This perhaps comes as a surprise to some college hiring officials. For a long time, colleges have operated under the assumption that they can easily replace people. And until recently, that was true.

(The) rosy vision of higher education was already starting to sour prior to the pandemic. And after the last two years, it isn’t safe to assume we can field the same numbers of applicants. Educators across the country are under attack for teaching history, supporting public health, and generally wanting to stay alive. It’s not impossible to imagine these dynamics dissuading talented doctoral students from pursuing faculty roles. I’ve been interviewing college leaders as part of my research, and many of them expect we’ll see a wave of people stepping down from leadership roles — and few people eager to replace them."

>> Situational Awareness: "Employee morale at colleges is tanking. Some in the industry have told me it’s the lowest they’ve ever seen. There are several likely reasons for it, including low pay and frustration that administrations aren’t taking health concerns of frontline workers during the pandemic seriously enough. But perhaps the biggest cause for the drop in morale is understaffing."

>> The Bottom Line: "While labor shortages and understaffing are distinct, they are symptoms of the same illnesses: austerity due to budget cuts and accompanying competition for resources."

>> Why It Matters: "All of this leads to overworked and unhappy employees. Unfortunately, many institutions aren’t doing a good enough job of finding out how their workers are feeling. A more pessimistic explanation is that institutions aren’t simply ignorant when it comes to employee concerns — they are indifferent."


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CONFERENCES

2. Belhaven to Join USA South


Belhaven University Set to Join USA South

"The USA South Athletic Conference is pleased to announce that Belhaven University has been accepted for full membership within the League. The Blazers are currently an NCAA Division III institution competing in the American Southwest Conference (ASC) and will begin its USA South membership in the 2022-23 academic year.

"The Conference is pleased to admit Belhaven University as our newest member," stated Dr. Tom Hart, USA South Commissioner. "As an NCAA Division III member, Belhaven provides the programmatic offerings, institutional values, and athletic excellence which align well with our 19 current members. This decision also continues our Presidents Council's strategic vision of how the USA South structure will fit within the Southern region of the Division III landscape."

"Joining the USA South groups Belhaven with a league of schools that all share our similar characteristics - private institutions, commitment to prioritizing academics, balanced quality athletic programs - and located closer to us in the Southeast region," said Belhaven President, Dr. Roger Parrott. "At the same time, it is difficult to make this change because we have appreciated our affiliation with the ASC, and I am especially grateful to the presidents of the conference for accepting us in as a new NCAA DIII member several years ago."

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    3.  Loras Takes Top Spot


    The National Wrestling Coaches Association released its initial tournament team and individual rankings for the 2021-22 season.

    Tournament Teams

    1. Loras
    2. Wartburg
    3. Stevens
    4. Augsburg
    T5. UW-La Crosse
    T5. Baldwin Wallace
    T7. John Carroll
    T7. Coe
    9. North Central (Ill.)
    10. Johnson and Wales

    >> Complete Team Ranking

    Individual

    125: Matt Caccamise, Brockport
    133: Jake Giordano, TCNJ
    141: Jimmy McAuliffe, Elmhurst
    149: Brett Kaliner, Stevens
    157: Kaidon Winters, RIT
    165: Braden Birt, Millikin
    174: Solomon Nielsen, Augsburg
    184: Shane Liegel, Loras
    197: Beau Yineman, UW-Oshkosh
    285: Wyatt Wriedt, Loras

    >> Individual Rankings
     
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