New Members Starsent Posted March 11, 2012 at 02:34 AM New Members Report Share Posted March 11, 2012 at 02:34 AM I have been working as a foreign teacher at Zhejiang Normal University for nearly 5 years. In the past year, the situation here for foreign teachers has deteriorated, and the International Office, which has the responsibility of helping the teachers, has been completely unresponsive. I post this as information for teachers who might consider coming here and with the hope of putting pressure on this university to improve conditions for teachers here. First, in the 5 years I have taught here, the university has increased my salary by only 1% despite inflation of about 30-40% in China during this period and despite the fact that I am recognized as a hard-working and excellent teacher. This effective decline in compensation is also true for other foreign teachers here. More important, though, are our conditions here. Last year the university completed new living quarters for foreign teachers as well as foreign students at a distant end of the campus, far away from any food sources or the Chinese students. All access to nearby streets was closed off, so we must go a considerable distance to leave the campus. The doors are padlocked at 11 pm and not opened until 6 am--this would not even be acceptable to Chinese students, not to mention Chinese teachers. It has been necessary for us to either have bicycles or electric bikes, but the facility provides only one place to charge our bikes for 6 or 8 of us who own bikes, causing massive inconvenience. The staff who maintain the building generally treat us in an unfriendly way, showing no concern for our problems. Regarding teaching here, our only contact person in the International Office is a young lady who has very little experience. She assigns us our teaching duties with little regard for our academic interests, and the International Office acts as if it's their job, not that of academic personnel, to assign teachers to their courses. (Academic deans seem unwilling to interfere with this, and when they have on one or two rare occasions, the International Office acted as if their rights were violated.) This is demoralizing for the teachers and sad for the students here, who value the foreign teachers, . Efforts by some teachers to remedy this situation has been met by little or no response from the International Office. Thus, I want teachers who might consider coming to this university to know of the situation here; this is the only way I know that this university, which is concerned with its reputation, might act to improve things here for teachers. I cannot compare this with other universities in China--there are likely others where the situation for teachers is as bad. My advice for teachers seeking university jobs in China is to try to find universities where the International Office personnel show some real caring for teachers and their teaching. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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