In a recent survey conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Edinboro University was announced as one out of 92 nationwide academic institutes to receive recognition as a “Great College to Work For.”
This national survey is conducted annually at over 270 colleges and universities and displays the opinions of roughly 43,000 employees at these institutions. Locally, Edinboro University was named a “Great College to Work For” and accredited specific recognition for best practices and policies. EU was also acknowledged in the survey’s “Compensation and Benefits” category; which also contributed to Edinboro University meriting the title.
In an article published on EU’s website regarding The Chronicle of Higher Education’s survey results, University President Julie Wollman commended Edinboro’s achievement, and stated that, “excellence in all we do is a core value of Edinboro University.” The president also mentioned that the “shared commitment to continual improvement and student success is what truly makes Edinboro University a great place to work.”
Along with President Wollman, several other EU employees agree Edinboro is deserving of the title. Coordinator of Transferred Admissions, Sheila McCarthy, who has been employed at Edinboro for 17 years, expressed that the people she works with and “the opportunity to guide students to this excellent university” is what makes Edinboro University such an exceptional college. Additionally, nine year Library Systems Administrator, Tony McMullen, shared that he has a high respect for the “mission of the state system” Edinboro is a part of, and describes EU as having a “very real and genuine” vibe.
“It just feels right,” said McMullen. McMullen previously worked at the renowned Ivy League institution, Harvard University. When asked how working at Edinboro compares to working at Harvard, he responded, “It’s a little more laid back here. I feel like I fit in better here.”
In addition to specialty administrators, such as Sheila McCarthy and Tony McMullen, the university’s professors also believe EU is worthy of the positive designation. Clinic Director and Speech, Language, and Hearing Professor Cynthia Reyes-Pabon expressed Edinboro is a great college to work for, “because of the people and the environment. The faculty and staff are friendly and collaborative. The students are bright, motivated and appreciative of our efforts to facilitate learning.”
Biology and Health Services Associate Professor Nina Thumser, who has been employed at Edinboro University for 11 years, shared that the best part of working at EU is the “flexibility in schedule” and being able to interact with the students.
In addition to their reasons why Edinboro University is a great place to work for, employees of the university also revealed some unforgettable memories and experiences they have had while being employed at EU. McMullen shared that one of his fondest memories was attending an Edinboro University commencement ceremony for the first time. “It made me feel like I made the right decision coming here.”
Reyes-Pabon also mentioned meeting her husband, Noel, and watching her step-son, Pablo, deliver the commencement address at his collegiate graduation here at Edinboro University.
Macala Leigey is a writer for The Spectator.