I am a recent hire at a state-school. I love the job but our building is dilapidated (e.g., severe temperature issues, filthy bathrooms, tiny offices with little privacy, unsafe drinking water). I am wondering how common these issues are at other institutions. I am also curious if people weight the status of the building when considering jobs. This was not something I thought about when on the market, but would certainly do so if I did it over again.
Date: 25 Jan 2013 23:21
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sounds like my current state school facilities… we only have one "smart" room and have to wheel in a projector/laptop. my office is always freezing… no chance of new building. on my interviews, i was always pleasantly surprised when they had smart rooms and "nice" things. creates low expectations though. :)
I'm factoring this into my decision this year. If I'm going to spend most of my waking life over the next 7-50 years in a building I want it to be livable.
The quality of the building/facilities affects my overall impression of the university and whether I would want to work there. For example, I get a favorable impression when I see that the psychology department is in a relatively new building or one that has been recently renovated.
It matters for subject running as well- For example, one of my lab rooms has windows that don't close all the way. My subjects wear headphones for every study, even if it isn't auditory, to keep out the noise from outside.
If it's an old building, ask other faculty how quickly maintenance responds to requests- because you're sure to have to call them often- if they are quick and responsive, then no problem. If they take months to years to fix something like a window, then maybe add that to the "con" side of your list.