The Chronicle’s 2018 “Great Places to Work For” list spotlighted Blue Ridge Community College, Central Virginia Community College, John Tyler Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, and Rappahannock Community College.
“We have long appreciated the quality of life and work environment at our colleges, but it’s gratifying that these campuses are being recognized at the national level,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges.
The Chronicle’s list was based on surveys with employees at more than 250 participating two-year and four-year colleges and universities, focusing on categories that included worker satisfaction with compensation and benefits, facilities, workspace and security, job satisfaction, professional/career development programs, respect and appreciation, supervisor/department chair relationship, and work/life balance.
For this article, we asked representatives of the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisory Council (CFAC) to reflect on the qualities that make their colleges great places to work.
“BRCC is a great place to work. I realize it every time I walk down the hall and I see our President and Vice President perusing the halls, stopping to talk to folks to just check in and see how everyone is doing. It is truly a family here at BRCC. When something good happens to one, we all celebrate. If something bad happens, we all come together and support that person in any way we can. I truly feel loved here at BRCC. I believe we all feel loved and blessed to be a part of the BRCC family.”
Theresa A. Thomas, assistant professor of mathematics, BRCC
“CVCC’s selection as a ‘Great College to Work For’ stems from an environment of collegiality and cooperation. We all work together to create a culture of inclusiveness and open communication where everyone is focused on student success. By keeping our eyes on the end goal of improving people’s lives, we overcome obstacles, share burdens, and celebrate successes as one community.”
Cynthia Lofaso, Ph.D., professor of psychology, CVCC
“What happens when you get everyone at an institution working towards one common goal? Easy (and obvious) answer, you get a great place to work. Here at John Tyler Community College we all know, understand, and appreciate our mission, making strategic decisions simple and straightforward. Everyone from the administration through the staff and to the faculty has embraced this approach, creating a wonderful atmosphere where we all feel like valuable members of a team. Interactions are easier, quicker, and fun when everyone involved believes in a clear vision.”
Steve Carlisle PhD, professor of biology, JTCC
President’s Statement (from Chronicle of Higher Education)
“LFCC is a great place to work because the college highly values its employees and creates a caring, positive work atmosphere. Employee concerns, opinions, and thoughts about the college are solicited through various forums, constituency-group meetings, and college-wide events. We have an inclusive working environment that puts our mission and students first, while respecting the work/life balance and talents of our faculty and staff. This is demonstrated through flexible work schedules, free fitness classes, college-wide wellness initiatives, and professional-development opportunities.”
Kimberly Blosser, Ph.D., president, LFCC
“RCC is special in how we care for our internal and external community. We are small in number but mighty in dedication. We are the only institution of higher learning in our entire service region, which is as large as the state of Delaware. While we cover a lot of territory, we still act as a unified, student focused college. The RCC team serves unselfishly, our co-workers help one another willingly, we serve our students in and out of the classroom, seeking resources to solve whatever need may impede student success. RCC is a great place to work because we are empowered to make a difference in lives, impacting our community and Commonwealth, one story at a time.”
Ruth W. Greene, associate professor information systems technology, RCC
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